“If you don’t like the weather in New England now, just wait a few minutes.”

The morning is beautiful. The sun is shining, and it’s warm, even hot. The wind is blowing so my deck is dirty again from the trees all around it. I had already decided today would be outside day. The rug goes down, the feeders get filled, the chairs scrubbed and the table cleaned. The rest of the deck will have to wait to be blown clean.

I turned on the news this morning, on channel 7, my only choice. I don’t ever watch this news, but I was stuck this morning. It was awful. I won’t go into particulars because I am trying to forget, to erase the experience from my mind. The anchors had silly repartee, inane comments. They don’t seem to do well without a script or a teleprompter. I want real reporters of the news. I want Cronkite and Chet and David. I don’t want any of the newsmen on the 10 best-dressed list from Vanity Fair.

I am not a complainer about the weather. I do make observations like it’s a bit cold for June or I really hate humidity. I think those are New England things as the weather here can change in a heartbeat. I remember my mother and I were shopping in Boston one day. It was so hot my mother’s face was bright red. I made her sit down and drink something cold. By the afternoon, though, we had to buy sweatshirts to keep us warm.

I am out of coffee, a traumatic event. This afternoon, when I’m done outside, I’ll go to the farm stand which sells Ugandan coffee. I bought it once and thought it delicious. I’ll also buy a few vegetables and a loaf of freshly baked bread. If they have different flowers for my garden or the deck, I might just buy a few of those. I am a sucker for flowers.

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  1. olof1 Says:

    Sweden is the second most coffeee drinking nation in the world, only the Finns beat us in that. We have rediculusly many variants of coffee even in a small ´grocery store but I don’t think I’ve ever heard of Ugandan coffee 🙂 Now I must see if I can find it 🙂

    We’re having a really nice day here, sunshine, just enough warm and a weak but steady wind that cool us down just in case we’re out in the sunshine.

    We have thankfully not reached that poni where looks are more important than knowledge when it comes to our news men and women. So we still have people like Walter Cronkite in our news thankfully. Bad news from Your country once again today, we over here just can’t understand Your weapon laws. I do hope Hillary can do something about them when she becomes president!

    Have a great day!

    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      That was great tasting coffee. I also bought an African blend at a different store, and it was tasty. Ghanaians don’t drink coffee. They drink tea. The only coffee is horrible instant.

      The breeze is coming from the north. It is cooling but an odd direction for this time of the year.

      I don’t know who is on that list, but I find that they aren’t real newsmen or women like the old days. They are faces who read the news someone else wrote for them.

      I don’t understand the gun laws either. They claim the second amendment gives them the right to bear arms. It does, but it was meant for the militia when the Constitution was written, not average people.

      Have a great day!.

    • Richard Says:

      Christer, when it comes to our ‘weapon laws,’ my operational reality is … ‘From my cold, dead hands.’ The only thing that’ll stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.

      • olof1 Says:

        All I can say is that I’m so glad we don’t have those laws here 🙂

      • Bob Says:

        That’s right up there with an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth. Then we have a blind and toothless world. 😉

        I guess you quote the NRA on other matters of civil liberties such as the 24th Amendment. We need comprehensive background checks on all gun purchases to keep them out of the hands of the mentally ill and suspected terrorists.

      • Bob Says:

        14th Amendment. Due Process clause.

      • katry Says:

        Richard,
        I will never understand why assault rifles are sold to individuals. They are meant to kill and will stop any number of good guys and bad guys.

        The 14th amendment is a strange defense for giving guns to the mentally ill and suspected terrorists.

      • Richard Says:

        Kat, the term ‘assault rifle’ is a meaningless term dreamt up by the gun control mob to make people believe ordinary citizens can walk into a gun store – or gun show – and purchase a FULLY AUTOMATIC weapon. They can’t. Civilians can only legally purchase SEMI-AUTOMATIC weapons. That means one ‘BANG!’ for each pull of the trigger. A fully automatic weapon is one which will fire CONTINUOUSLY with one pull of the trigger. Those are NOT available for citizens to purchase UNLESS they’re willing to jump thru the Federal paperwork, background check that’s much more intensive than that conducted thru NCIC for the Yellow Sheet filled out at purchase, pay a TRANSFER FEE (I’m not sure what the current dollar amount for that is now), and have the weapon available for INSPECTION at ANY time by an unscheduled visit from BATFE. Anyone who believes – or says – otherwise is simply ignorant of the realities of gun ownership and responsibilities that every legal gun owner assumes.

      • katry Says:

        Richard,
        It is a military grade weapon, the AR-15 he used. Before it needs to be reloaded, the shooter can get off several shots . It has also become the popular weapon for mass murderers.

        It seems semi-automatic works perfectly well for mass killings

      • Richard Says:

        Kat, the AR-15 is SEMI-automatic. So are Kentucky rifles. The operational difference is in the number of rounds each holds. The other difference is in the intent of the user. Let’s leave the gun out of the picture for a moment. Had the attacker entered the club armed with a Japanese ‘katana’ (‘samurai’) sword, how much more of a defence could his victims have mounted against it? Answer: None. The ‘straw man’ arguments don’t stand up to reality.

      • katry Says:

        Richard,
        I knew it is a semi-automatic.

        I wish I had the places at my finger tips but people have rushed an individual to stop him so I think that they would rush a single man with a sword. They would not rush this shooter because they knew they’d be wiped out. They could see it happening around them.

      • Bob Says:

        There are plenty of people who sell the parts to convert a Semi Automatic assault rifle into an automatic version. You don’t have to be a gunsmith to convert the weapon because the instructions are on the Internet. Assault weapons are not used for hunting or target shooting. They are designed for only one purpose to kill people.

        The nut jobs who buy these assault weapons are either potential terrorists or paranoid right wing, middle aged white guys who really fear the Federal Government rather than criminals. These fears are pumped up by the nut job Birthers, Muslim haters and those who still hate Obama because he is black although they won’t admit it. The NRA represents the gun industry that cares only for profits over lives and have the money to prevent passage of any reasonable gun safety regulations. These gun lovers hate PC because they feel comfortable dispariging blacks, illegal Hispanics, Jews, Muslims, gays and woman’s rights. They want to go back to 1955 when blacks knew their place, woman stayed in their kitchens and the only fear was from communists.

        They don’t want to understand or admit that we are a multicultural society who hopefully will elect our first female President. Trump is playing on the fears ignorance, prejudices and worries of the white, middle class suburban voters who fear losing their nice cookie cutter lifestyle. The big monied interests of the Republican Party have a candidate that is a loose cannon. They are trying desperately to make sure his real agenda is to promote the interests of big business over labor increase the wealth of the top one percent who give them huge sums of money through PACS.

        They think that they need their guns to protect themselves from those uppity blacks who want their stuff and who want to rape their daughters. Their biggest fear is the U.S. military who in their warped minds are coming to take away their rights and install a caliphate. They still think that Obama is a closet Muslim.

      • katry Says:

        Bob,
        Thank you!

      • katry Says:

        Bob,
        Kay Henderson couldn’t leave a comment, but she asked that I thank you for the a very well written comment about assault weapons.

    • Richard Says:

      I find it extremely interesting that everyone is so quickly distracted by the GUN. The CAUSE of this attack is his RELIGION! What is the difficulty here? His mosque’s ‘imam’ preached that gays must DIE. It’s obviously so much easier to ignore the CAUSE of the attack and instead focus on the ancillary aspects of how it was carried out. That, people, is irrelevant. Need more proof (not that it will matter to anyone)? The attack at Bataclan in PARIS was carried out in a nation with EXTREME ‘gun control.’ Tell me how that ended. Tell me how ‘Charlie Hebdo’ ended. Now try convincing me that the INANIMATE OBJECT is ‘guilty’ rather than the ‘RELIGION’ that created the hatred in the first place. The Seventh Century does NOT play nice with the Twenty-First Century. These people want us DEAD. ISIS is now putting their own women who refuse to have sex with its ‘fighters’ into vats of NITRIC ACID. Is that better or worse than using a gun? Maybe wrapping det cord around the neck to behead someone is more merciful than using a dull pocket knife? You tell me. From where I stand, everyone is being distracted away from the CAUSE of the attack and led to focus on the TOOL used. No wonder the ‘news’ organisations use the ‘Oooh! Look! Squirrel!’ method of reportage …

      • katry Says:

        Richard,
        I hadn’t heard about his imam. They haven’t reported that on either MSNBC or CNN. The shooter’s father said his son was not especially religious. The whole thing os a shock to his family as he hadn’t ever espoused radicalism as far as they knew.

        I think he used his religion to mask his personal hatred of gays.

        I lived in a part of Ghana which was heavily Muslim. The biggest building in town is the mosque. People stop where they are and pray. I’ve even been on a lorry which stopped to allow its passengers to pray. There is no radicalism, no hatred, no shootings and no anti-anything. The Middle East is where the hatred is fermented. It is religious and geographic.

      • Richard Says:

        Let’s look at our ‘president’s response:

        True to form, the president spoke more words about the scourge of guns than about the threat of terror. In doing so, he actually retards rather than advances the cause of gun control he so passionately advocates.

        A president totally and credibly committed to the destruction of ISIS and other terror groups seeking to bring the war to us might earn the political and moral capital to seek more extensive limits on gun ownership.

        A president who cannot name the enemy even as he anthropomorphizes the weapon the enemy is a president unable to bring anyone to his side who’s not already there.

        To fight back against the evils of San Bernardino and Orlando, we do need change — and fortunately for us, it’s constitutionally mandated change. It’s the change required by the 22nd Amendment — the change that will compel Barack Obama to leave the White House on January 20, 2017 after completing his second term with America less safe than it was when he took office.

      • katry Says:

        Richard,
        You and I can’t even meet in the middle. I figure I’ll leave it with that!

      • Bob Says:

        Richard
        Everyone has an anal sphincter and an opinion. Yours both stink.

      • Bob Says:

        Question: In your city are there more gun dealers or Starbucks? Here’s the answer.

        http://www.citylab.com/crime/2016/01/map-gun-dealers-starbucks/423801/

        The NRA wins.:-(

      • katry Says:

        Bob,
        My town has 1 Starbuck’s and no gun dealers. I like it that way.

      • Bob Says:

        Check out Dallas Texas. It’s scary.

    • Richard Says:

      Wow, Bob … you really have a … a … ‘gift’ for language … really. See? I can be all ‘sensitive’ and ‘kind’ … didn’t that sound ‘sincere’ … ?

  2. im6 Says:

    Every place I’ve ever lived always uses the “just wait” argument about the weather in that region. And they’re generally right.

  3. flyboybob Says:

    The days of Ed Morrow, Walter Cronkite, and their peers are long gone. President Reagan killed the fairness doctrine that required that broadcasters had to provide a balanced view of the news by providing equal time for each side. Of course it wouldn’t have made any difference because it didn’t include cable. This led to more talking heads instead of journalists and right wing semi news networks like Fox. TV news is really just a series of sound bites without any real in depth coverage of facts. The attack last night in Orlando is the result of the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, semi automatic rifles and increased Islamic radicals. We can all thank G.W. Shrub, for invading Iraq, for no apparent reason, and letting lose an even more crazy group of Islamic fundamentalists ISIS.

    One of my favorite movies is Network with Peter Finch declaring on the evening news, ‘I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore”.

    Partly cloudy skies with a chance of rain. Can’t wait for July and August when it will be hot and dry every day.

    • katry Says:

      Bob,
      The talking heads were inevitable once the elder statesmen of the news retired and died. I am so tired of MSNBC and CNN showing the same film clips over and over and making the same comments. They just fill airtime. It is quantity not quality.

      I also really liked Network.

      Assault rifles do not belong in the hands of individuals. They are just meant to kill, and kill he did.

      Lovely day today-warm in the high 70’s. Tonight will be in the 50’s. That is the predicted weather for the whole week: warm, even hot days, and cold nights. Perfect!

  4. Richard Says:

    Good goodness and Great Googly-Woogly! We seem to have changed places meteorologically. We’re gettin’ all clouded up with a 40% chance of liquidity from the sky – it is, however, still oven-like out there … which is why I’m in here. Homey does not ‘outside’ in this kinda heat.

    I agree with you about the news. The story didn’t fit the pre-scripted narrative today’s ‘pretty faces and coiffed hair’ crew needs. They’re idiots. They’ll also never utter the words ‘radical islamic terrorist’ … doesn’t fit that narrative thing either. These ones aren’t ready for the real world — they should still be in a classroom somewhere. Wait. It was ‘classroom training’ (see? an oxymoron) that ‘prepared’ them so well for the real world. But I digest …

    I used to be such a stickler about coffee. Which beans to buy and grind? What was the ‘perfect’ temperature at which to create the most perfect of brews? Should I do a ‘mix-and-match’ blend of beans? If so, which ones and what proportions? I no longer care about any of that stuff. Kroger carries Community Medium Roast Coffee & Chicory — yes, it’s instant, and that’s what gets the motor started each day now. Fewer problems, no more concerns, just a hot and tasty cup of something hot, black, and liquid. I have overcome.

    If I’m really in a celebratory frame of mind, I’ll drive to La Baguette on Park Avenue and pick up a loaf of genuine N’Awlins-style French bread. If the celebratory feeling is of sufficient magnitude, I’ll even get a can of Eagle Brand Condensed Milk. You ask why I do dat, heh? Well, I do dat ’cos I can then cut off the ‘heel’ of the French bread loaf, hollow out the inside of said ‘heel,’ and fill the space with – you guessed it – Eagle Brand Condensed Milk. O. M. G. … Be still, mah hawt …

    Movin’ on down the line, we come to a Righteous Guitar Picker by the name of Preston Reed. ‘Who’s he?,’ you aks? Just one of the best players to come down the pike in a long while. Lissen at what he do wit’ dem finger and you be’s agreein’ wit dat, yeah you … His selection is a great li’l ditty that gits the feet a-movin’ ’cos y’ jes’ can’t he’p it – it’s called ‘Twang Thang.’ And now, to begin …

    • flyboybob Says:

      Now that we have one of those one cup coffee makers we buy which ever dark roast coffee is on sale at Costco. Many of them are made by the Green Mountain Coffee company. I used to buy Starbucks House Blend, but the other stuff is just as good. BTW Starbucks tastes exactly the same in Seattle near the Pike Place Market as it does everywhere else. I drink mine straight up without sugar or milk. When I go to New Orleans and have beignets at the Cafe Dumont I drink their cafe O’lei, without cream or sugar. That takes real fortitude. They load it up with chicory.

      • Richard Says:

        Flyboybob …
        As one who frequented Café Du Monde when I lived in N’Awlins (until Katrina stopped by), I can attest to your statement that Café au lait is great. I drank both ways – black, or with cream and sugar. I always considered the truest test to be whether one could come away from the table free of the confectioner’s sugar sprinkled ever so freely onto the beignets while they were hot … they’re not all that great once they’re cold. Chicory is the magic ingredient in our coffee. It was originally added as an ‘extender,’ and then grew to the status of a ‘staple’ … I no longer drink ‘pure’ coffee … and I don’t drink it any way other than black.

      • katry Says:

        Bob,
        I have a regular ole coffee maker of the drip variety. My kitchen accent color is red so I bought a red coffee maker. That it has white poker dots was the major draw.

        I bought a coffee new to me. It is a blend of coffees. I’ll try it tomorrow. I also bought some fresh fruit and veggies.

    • katry Says:

      Richard,
      I washed the deck chairs, all 8 of them. It was a hot, dirty chore. When I was done, I was a sweaty mess and decided I needed to sit and drink something cold so I stopped before I finished filling the bird feeders.

      They are saying it today. They are quoting law enforcement.

      The fact that this man is a homegrown terrorist filled with hate is deplorable and scary. He just had to click on the internet for specific directions.

      I love good coffee. I do not love instant coffee. When I returned to Ghana after 40 years, I was so disappointed to find the place where I stayed still served instant Nescafe and canned milk. Only one place had real coffee made in a press. Ghanaians don’t drink milk so Carnation evaporated is the closest they get.

      I haven’t ever heard of your milk and bread combo. I’m thinking I’d love a loaf of that bread. I’m not sure about adding milk.

      You’re right: I haven’t heard of him, but from the start I totally loved his playing. This is a wonderful song. It is definitely foot tapping and head nodding.

      • Richard Says:

        Kat … ‘homegrown terrorist,’ eh? He pledged his loyalty to ISIS, and that’s not accidental. You say ‘they’re saying it today. They are quoting law enforcement.’ Who is ‘they’ and what are ‘they’ saying? Which quote(-s) are they mentioning? There were no fully-automatic weapons used in this attack. The only thing people can be assured of is that our nation is at war with Radical Islamist Terrorists. That, like it or not, is the operational reality. We will be hit again. This is a direct result of our ‘president’ follow-through on his ‘fundamental transformation of the United States of America.’ He has damned well ‘transformed’ it, all right. The thing he never mentioned – and that no one ever called him on – is that before you can ‘transform’ something, you need to break it. He has done an excellent job of breaking the United States of America.

        Are you kidding about Ghanaians not drinking milk? Seriously?

        If you find a place that makes REAL French bread, buy a baguette and try the Eagle® Brand Condensed Milk in the hollowed-out heel. It’s quite the addictive little food item …

      • katry Says:

        Richard,
        I don’t know the names of the talking heads on the news channels. I just quoted what has been said. He never left the United States yet Isis is taking credit. One newsman, I don’t know by name, mentioned web pages which teach would be terrorists how to choose soft targets and hat weapons to use.

        Nope, they don’t drink milk. They have cows but they don’t use the milk. The Fulani tribe take care of the cattle and keep the milk. The Fulani are not Ghanaians. They are nomadic cow watchers who are in a variety of West African countries.

        They also don’t eat cheese. You can’t even find any except in Accra, the capital. If I were a volunteer there now, I would make goat cheese as there are plenty of goats.

  5. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    I watch channel 4. Most of them are pretty, some of them are old, none are stupid. But before 9AM the story was still 20 people dead and 40 people injured. Not much to go on.

    I make crappy coffee no matter which way I brew or what beans I choose. I have accepted my limitations. Morning coffee comes through the drive thru window or from a bottle of iced Starbucks lightened with cinnamon flavored milk/cream combo. I am unashamed because it tastes just fine and does the job. 🙂

    Today started out rather nice with lots of sun and a bit of humidity. The heavy clouds moved in along with the wind and it was looking a bit ominous. The wind is still blowing but the clouds are moving off and the sun is shining again. The temperature is dropping, though.

    Enjoy the day.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      I usually watch channel 5. They fit your description of Channel 4 newspeople.

      I heard the same news you did. Later the police were as ned how 20 was totally inaccurate as the number is 50. They gave some hokey story about checking only one side of the club.

      I actually make pretty good coffee, robust the way I like it. I do like Dunkin coffee. The only Starbucks is inside the Stop and Shop. I do Peapod so I never do get any Starbucks coffee.

      That humidity did me in. I washed all the outside chairs (8 of them), the table and then went to fill the bird feeders. I dropped the cover and had to go into the yard, up and down flights of stairs. I realized I was a sweaty mess and not feeling great in the heat so I just left the feeder and came inside to sit and have a cold drink.

      The clouds and the sun are both in and out and have been the whole day. Right now it’s the sun turn.

      I can feel the chillier air, and I’m glad for it.

      Enjoy your evening!

      • Caryn Says:

        Peapod delivers the bottles of iced Starbucks black, unsweetened coffee. Is that not the height of coffee-making ineptness and coffee-drinking entitlement? 😀
        I spent the day culling 50 gigs of photos from my laptop. That’s about 8000+ photos. I have raster burn from staring at the screen. And my butt hurts from sitting. It was necessary because I have to upgrade the OS and didn’t have room on the hard drive to do anything.

      • katry Says:

        Caryn,
        I willed that to my next list as I finished ordering last night.

        My computer is on its way to computer heaven. I get the rainbow ball all of the time. I have plenty of space and already downloaded the operating system though I think the problems started then. I have figured out that only 2 tabs ca be opened at one time or the dam rainbow whirls.

        Enjoy your day!!

  6. Hedley Says:

    My son woke this morning at 5.0 am to the sound of the helicopters. Just 5 minutes away an individual armed with an assault rifle and hatred destroyed score of lives

    This is the weekend of my daughter in law to be bachelorette celebration and they elected for Miami not their home town of Orlando. I picked my daughter up at Metro this afternoon

    I biked with Big Rick who announced that our oldest at served him at a local restaurant and described his worries about Mrs MDH going to Paris.

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      I can’t begin to comprehend hating so much. How horrible to take so many lives because of being blinded by a cause.

      I’m glad they chose Miami.

      How is Big Rick feeling? With everything that happened today I can understand his apprehension. Paris has a garbage strike so it is not a pleasant place to be.

      • Hedley Says:

        Big Rick is of size, our circumnavigation of the Lake was at a leisurely pace. His plans for the mega deal or deals continue unabated but unachieved

        I was happy to see Big Rick, it is finally summer.

      • katry Says:

        MDH,
        I’m happy to hear you and Big Rick have started cycling.

    • Birgit Says:

      Really bad and sad what happened in Orlando. My heartfelt condolences to the victims and their families. Too early to speculate about reasons in this case but let’s worry and think about the rise of hate against whomever in our societies.

      Hedley, don’t let fear ruin your plans and your freedom. Look at the facts. Yes, a few terrorist attacks in France and Europe so far but it’s way more likely that you run into a car or something else happens or that you both just have a great time. A large part of the current terror hysteria is motivated by other political goals on both sides of the pond.

      • katry Says:

        Birgit,
        I can’t even put into words my feelings about this incident: 50 dead and 53 injured. They haven’t even identified most of those victims so family members don’t know yet what happened.

        I will never understand so much hatred.

      • Hedley Says:

        Birgit

        God Bless

        I will not be turned away – I will be at Deux Magots and Allard and looking at Delacroix in the Louvre and down the fan zone and at La Derniere Goutte and visiting a cartoonist in Issy Les Moulineaux.

        I will be at the Stade de France to see your World Champion team win the Euros.

        I was angry that our oldest chose to discuss this with Big Rick – I was angry today.

  7. im6 Says:

    I’m reminded of that old, very wise expression: Know Your Audience.


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