“Seven a.m. on the first day of summer vacation was, to her mind, a dangerous time to be awake. Even God had to be sleeping in.”

Gracie news first: all went well. The lump was removed, and the vet found a second one which was also removed. Her loose tooth came out and she got her nails cut. She was excited to be home and immediately ran into the yard. Her tail has yet to stop wagging.

The weather the last few days has been almost perfect. The days have been in the high 70’s and the nights in the mid 50’s. I had coffee and read the papers outside on the deck. The air was perfectly still, not a leaf fluttered. It was quiet. It was also quite warm, already 75˚. When I finished, I came inside to a cool house.

I remember the joy of the first day of summer vacation. I also remember the elation on the last day of school. It was always a half day. It was also the day we got our final report cards. The front with the grades didn’t matter as much as the back. That’s where it said promoted to the next grade. I was never worried but I still checked it right away.

We used to run home from school that day. Running seemed important even though we had the whole summer in front of us. I figure it was us getting away from school as quickly as we could, sort of like putting it in our rear view mirrors.

The best part of summer was going to bed when we were tired and getting up any time we wanted. We lived in shorts, jerseys and sneakers. We still had to wear our Sunday church clothes but only one day of dress-up was bearable.

Summer food was the easiest of all. We had toast most mornings, sandwiches for lunch and something quick and easy for supper. Bologna was my go to it lunch. It was in a roll, and I had to cut pieces. I never did it well. The end of the bologna ended up uneven, and some slices in the sandwich were thick while other were so thin you could just about see through them. I always added hot peppers to mine. They came uncut in a jar. I used to split the peppers, plop them in my sandwich and hold the sandwich with two hands so nothing would fall out.

The other day my groceries came. From the deli I had ordered bologna. It is still my favorite. Sometimes, for old times sake, I add cut jalapeños. Holding on to the sandwich is never a problem any more.

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19 Comments on ““Seven a.m. on the first day of summer vacation was, to her mind, a dangerous time to be awake. Even God had to be sleeping in.””

  1. Hedley Says:

    Salute Gracie

  2. olof1 Says:

    I had to check how bologna looks amnd it turns out we call it Lyoner since it originates from the city Lyon 🙂 No matter what it is called I’ve never had it but a similar one that I tend to buy towards christmas. I don’t know why because as I remember it we ate it all year round. But it is the spotted sausage we usually have on our sandwiches, looks much like salami.

    I’m glad everythibg went well with Gracie! Good thing they removed that second one too even if it wasn’t dangerous, it would have been annoying in the long run I think.

    Yes that first day of summer vacation 🙂 Not a day to take it easy and relax, for some reason it was important to do all funny things one could think of 🙂 I quite often went out early to fish down by the harbor. Today no one would dare letting their kids go down to the harbor just in cae there would be a nut there that would do something nasty.

    We’ve had a rather nice day here, not much sunshine but warm and that goes a long way.

    Have a great day!

    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      I think we have a spotted sausage as well, but I forget its name. The bologna is not a sausage for us, and it is pretty common. My mother used to make bologna sandwiches for our school lunch.

      The second one, according to the vet, was mostly filled with water. I never went that far back in her mouth. I always stopped at the first lump.

      You’re right about today. Kids can’t go anywhere alone. You never know who is out there. When I was a kid, we were gone all day long, and nobody worried, but the world is a far different place today.

      We are in the middle of perfect weather: warm days and cool nights. I love it.

      Have a great day!!

  3. Birgit Says:

    Hurray and hugs and (soft) treats and dump runs for Gracie!

    • Hedley Says:

      Here comes Poland…….watching in Detroit

      • Birgit Says:

        Hedley, special match since the 1974 water battle where better team Poland lost because you just can’t play good soccer in a bathtub 🙂 Congratulations to your team! I saw the second half. Back to Poland …

    • katry Says:

      Birgit,
      Dump run is tomorrow for Gracie. She has had more than her usually number of treats. She is a pushy dog!

  4. Richard Says:

    Happy to hear all’s well with Gracie. Nails cut too … ? What about nail polish … ? Anyhow, she’s healthy, and that’s all that matters.

    Our WX is ‘perfect’ too if y’ happen to like ovens. Triple-digit heat indexes are not my idea of fun. Winter seems so far away in the Summer Desert …

    First Day of Vacation and Final Report Cards … sometimes one joyous occasion cancelled the other – depending on grades. But, those were history at that point, so y’ hadda promise to do better in Fall.

    Yep, that ‘anytime-y’-want-to-go-to-bed’ thing was absolutely great. Now it’s back, what with bein’ retired ’n all, and it’s just as much fun now as it was then – maybe even more.

    I have yet to have groceries delivered. I hear Kroger’s going to offer it at a store in the toney part of town as a trial and possibly expand it to the areas where the peons live if it works. I still want to pick out my own produce and look for the milk with the latest expiry date on it. Strangers won’t care about any of that.

    Our Musical Accompaniment today is provided by none other than the late Mr John (‘Johnny’)Winters. His selection is titled ‘Drown In My Own Tears’ … this was the ‘go-to’ song during high school days when the trauma of lost love and broken relationships cast their long shadow upon one’s soul … we got over it. The tune’s as good now as it was then, too … and now, to begin:

    • katry Says:

      Richard,
      The nails are usually $16.00, a small savings but I’ll take it. I did ask for pink, but it seems they didn’t have any.

      I get grumpy in the heat. I had the AV on for the afternoon then turned it off and opened doors and windows. The air is nice and cool, and as night approaches it will get even cooler.

      I did well in school. I liked learning. It was fun to learn new stuff. I was never worried about the next grade.

      In 2004, my first year retired, in the division series, the Sox played Anaheim. I remember thinking how wonderful it was to stay up until 1 or 2 in the morning to watch the games on the West Coast. That was, of course, the year the Sox won their first world series in a million years. I figured I retired the exact right year.

      The vegetables and fruits they deliver are always fresh and have lots of life yet. The bananas are green. I seldom buy milk. In between deliveries I sometimes shop at a local store especially if I am making dinner for friends and hadn’t bought the ingredients.

      I love this song!

      • Richard Says:

        Kat, the link didn’t load properly, and that’s why it was replaced. It appears to be okay now, which makes the second one simply redundant.

        I, too, am quite the grumpy person in heat. It’s why I don’t ‘outside’ or ‘beach’ or ‘summer’ … those activities are reserved for people who enjoy the slow roasting process.

        I was never held back in school … part good grades, part good luck.

      • katry Says:

        Richard,
        I removed the second comment.

        If the deck has a breeze, I’ll be out there. If not, I’ll turn on the AC and stay inside enjoying the cool air. The worst is not heat but heat with humidity.

        I don’t think I know anyone who was held back.

      • Richard Says:

        Just as a ‘grins ‘n chuckles’ item: The heat index in Memphis today was 116° … and people wonder why I like winter …

      • katry Says:

        Richard,
        With weather like that I’d be heading to the hills!

    • katry Says:

      Richard,
      The first link is okay. Did it not load for you?

  5. Bob Says:

    The humidity today made the heat index top out at 104. Walking outside from the AC caused eye glasses to fog over and to begin to sweat without any exertion.

    When school was over for the summer I would head to the pool. The month of May was always hot and humid and the schools in the 1950s were not air conditioned. The teachers had the windows open and large fans moved the hot humid air from the back of the classroom to the front. By Memorial Day everyone was ready for the school year to end. Today all the schools are air conditioned and they remain empty over the summer. What a waste of resources. I vote for year round school.

    Bologna sandwiches on white Bread was a lunchbox staple in elementary school. Bologna is really just a large hot dog. My cousin used to call it tube steak. 🙂 My mother spread the Wonder brand white bread with yellow Heinz or Frenches salad mustard. I liked a brown spicy mustard like Gouldens, She always packed some fruit and a Hostess chocolate cupcake, or Twinkie or a Snowball. All three had almost no nutritional value but tasted so good. I still love them today. When my wife was a kid my mother in law would stick cloves into a bologna and bake it in oven.

    Glad to hear Gracie is doing well. I love large dogs but they have short lifespans. My sister in law had a nasty, little black Chihuahua who seemed to live for twenty years and she took it everywhere. My sister in law also has a nasty personality so I couldn’t blame the dog. 🙂

    I have never had groceries delivered. My wife has to personally pick out her produce and make sure the groceries are packed exactly to her specification. If I do the grocery shopping I need a list but my wife never uses a list and buys what looks good and marked down. She saves me a lot of money on groceries annually. We never had to serve a baked Bologna.

    • katry Says:

      Bob,
      That is horrible. You totally have my sympathy and wishes for a reprieve from that heat and humidity.

      None of our schools had air conditioning, and they still don’t. June is a maybe month here: maybe it will be horribly hot and maybe it won’t. Our local high school is used for summer school, but year round school wouldn’t work so well here as it does get so hot, and I don’t think the school budgets would ever include AC.

      My sister’s in-laws used to stick cloves in Spam and call it a pork roast.

      We also had white bread sandwiches. When I was a kid, I didn’t know there was any other sort of bread. Bologna was mustard for me. I never liked the yellow so Gulden’s was my favorite. We sometimes had Oreos for dessert or chocolate chip cookies. A great dessert was Hostess, and my favorites were the ones you mentioned.

      My last two boxers died at 8. I held my breath when Gracie turned 8. Here she is almost 12. The boxer I grew up with was 14 when he passed away. I was 19 so he was a part of my life for almost forever.

      I haven’t been disappointed by the produce delivered. The site tells me what is on sale and then keeps track of how much I have saved. I do keep a list of what I need.

      I always make great stuff for friends at dinner!

  6. im6 Says:

    Sounds like Bob and I are baking in the same oven (I think I’m a little south of him, however). For some reason, the heat seems even hotter this year than the past few. Or perhaps it’s just power of suggestion when I hear words like “heat index of 108º.” If this keeps up, KTCC is going to have to hold a benefit to help me pay my electric bills. I swear I can hear the air conditioners in the windows crying out, “Give me a freakin’ break!”

    It’s just too hot to cook, so I don’t have to worry about whether to have groceries delivered or not (I don’t think the 99¢ Store or Dollar Tree have delivery services anyway). I can’t remember the last time I had bologna. Maybe the late 1950s or early 1960s. Never was a fan.

    Speaking of fan. I need to go stand in front of one. May you and the Coffee Menagerie stay cool!

    • katry Says:

      im6,
      I could not live where the temperature gets so high in June. I may have really cold, snowy winters but the spring, summer and fall make up for them, especially the lovely fall.

      Bologna has always been my favorite cold cut for sandwiches. I now buy different meats as my tastes expanded when I got a bit older.

      I just hate to cook for one person though I do every now and then. I’ll make enough for a couple of dinners so the effort is worthwhile.

      I hope you can stay cool. When I was in Ghana with no AC and no fan, it would get as high as 108˚ in the dry season. I used to take my shower, my cold shower-no hot water, not dry off and go to bed soaked. The air dried me but it felt cool.


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