“Stuff your eyes with wonder, live as if you’d drop dead in ten seconds. See the world. It’s more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories.”

The weather is glorious this morning. It is sunny, still and warm. The street is quiet. Last night the street was filled with kids, noisy kids. Gracie went to the door to see what was going on. She found it boring so she went back to the couch and fell asleep.

Yesterday I finally planted the flowers which have been sitting on the brick walk for nearly two weeks. I filled the front step pot and three pots for the deck railing to replace the ones the spawns broke. By the time I was done, I wasn’t fit for social interaction. Sweat poured down each cheek and my hair was soaked, but I didn’t mind. I felt accomplished. I even swept the step and walkway. It was a productive afternoon.

Today will be nonproductive. I have to go to the library. It’s the big event of the day. I’ll take my shower later, the second big event. I never mind days like today. I figure most of my life before retirement was spent being busy every day so I have earned idle time. I have come to love an empty dance card.

All my animals, the two cats and the dog, are considered elderly by the vets. I’m thinking I might just be in the same category. Fern takes four medicines a day and the dog takes one. Maddie would also take one if she weren’t so feisty. I take more than all of them.

I don’t see many people, but my friends and I keep in touch by calling each other. The other day it was my friend Maria who called. She and I have been friends for almost sixty years. I saw her three or four months ago for the first time in a long time, but our connection has stayed so strong it is always as if we had been together a day or two before. We have so many stories starring each other, and we laugh every time we tell them. They never get old. When I taught, I used to spend just about every summer traveling, usually in Europe. I’d be gone four to six weeks. Those summers always went by in a flash. Traveling does that: makes the days short and quick.

My next trip is back to Ghana for my third visit. The two and a half weeks will be gone in the blink of an eye, but I’ll hold close everyone I see and every place I go. Ghana is also home for me.

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  1. Not so glorious weather here, mostly raining but in between we have had som sunshine and strong winds so we could take our walks.

    I actually came around to avcuum all floors and scrubbed them too, I was exhausted afterwards and this is a tiny cottage, the cold might be losing the war but it still keeps on fighting 🙂

    Only Nova take any medicine here and it is her ear, she always get infections in it, one vet said that her ear is built to get infections. I should take medicine too but my stomach is destroyed from taking them so I can’t any more.

    I’ve always felt that I should have had more time when travelling, I never long for home and want to see more of the place I’m visiting.

    Have a great day!

    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      I want that rain. We have had so little. It is quite hot now. I just turned the air conditioner on to cool the house.

      I went to the library and I had to have a blood test done: that’s it for the day. Now I’m just answering e-mail then I’ll start reading. The librarian chose the first two Justin Cronin books from his science fiction trilogy.

      Poor Fern gets the worst of the medicine: some for her heart and some for her kidneys. The poor cat runs when she sees me.

      One summer I was gone the whole summer, eight weeks in South America. That was my longest trip. It was wonderful.

      Enjoy your day!

  2. Birgit Says:

    Packing for vacation 🙂 Traveling south to our biggest lake at the Swiss border just for a week or so. Hiking, biking, swimming and more, I hope it won’t rain too much.

  3. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    I spent a couple of hours outside in the yard early this morning much to the dogs’ dismay. They were not allowed to be out with me as I was with the squirrel exterminator man. We walked around my house looking at all the places a spawn might have gotten in (because one has definitely gotten in) but could find nothing on the ground. Then we went into the cellar and he checked out all around there. Nothing. He climbed up to the roof. Apart from telling me that the shingles on the indoor plumbing addition roof were in pretty good shape (despite being covered in moss and 40+ years old), there were no signs of gnawing and entering up there either. He made some recommendations and filled in one suspicious hole near the foundation. Since he couldn’t find an entry point, he couldn’t put out bait or traps so he left. I hadn’t heard the squirrel up in the ceiling since Sunday morning and I was hoping something had eaten it. Two hours after the squirrel man left, I heard the little spawn gnawing away above the bathroom ceiling. Arrrrgh!

    It’s sunny and very warm here, too. I haven’t turned on the AC yet. The two tower fans are doing a good job keeping the house comfortable enough.

    Enjoy the day.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      Did your spawn exterminator have a gun?

      I can’t believe he missed the spawn’s egress. I too would have gone crazy had I heard the gnawing. I wonder where that beast is getting in.

      I was out for a couple of hours, long enough for the house to get too warm. Gracie was in her crate while I was gone so she wanted out when I got home. She came back inside panting. That’s a sure sign we need the AC.

      The house is nice and cool now.

      Have a great evening!

  4. Bob Says:

    As I get older time goes faster and faster. I can’t believe that we are almost half way through 2016. The weather has been hot, more humid than normal and clear skies.


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