“Summer has set in with its usual severity.”

Yesterday I mentioned how living in an air conditioned house was like a voluntary solitary confinement. This morning, to add to the isolation, I was totally disconnected from the digital world. My phone, internet and cable weren’t working. I did have my two newspapers so I pored through each drinking coffee all the while. I decided to call Comcast. They attempted to reset my modem. The modem didn’t respond. I decided to stay on the line for what seemed forever. Finally, a real person answered who said the East Coast had lost its connection, but they were coming back a section at a time. He said mine should reconnect by 9:30. He was almost right. It was 9:50 when my internet came to life followed by the phone and about five minutes later the TV.

I thought it horrible to be so disconnected. It wasn’t as if I needed the connection, but I like the choice. I did have my book to read after I finished the papers so I was content. Now I’m watching The Great British Baking Show and have the urge to bake bread.

My broom is at the ready. I have to sweep away the last of the poop which is under the table. I have just unfurled my table umbrella. I next need to connect the umbrella adaptor to the lights and unfurl my second umbrella. Once all that is done, it will be deck time.

I love coconut. In Ghana, small girls used to sell balls of toasted coconut. The balls were in a square glass container with wooden corners which the girls carried on their heads. I always stopped to buy a few when I saw the small girls. Along the sides of the road, aunties, older women, sold coconuts. When you bought one, they’d use a nail and a mallet to make a hole so you could drink the coconut milk. I aways love buying food from the aunties on the sides of the road.

The caterpillars have left and the moths have taken over. If this were a science fiction movie, I’d go outside and the moths would cover my body. When they were sated and had flown away, only my bones would remain. Okay, maybe I have been alone too long!

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17 Comments on ““Summer has set in with its usual severity.””

  1. flyboybob Says:

    You are one of the few people who I know who still receive the newspaper. I mean the physical newspaper. 🙂 I gave it up years ago because I can get the online version and I can get my news fix from so many other sources online such as USA Today for free.

    Being disconnected is an eerie feeling today. I have to think back to the days before the internet, cable TV and cell phones. My kids have probably never seen or encountered a pay phone. My son keeps predicting the end of linear TV. He thinks that soon everything we watch will be on demand like Netflix. I assume the TV networks and the cable companies are getting ready as more and more folks are cutting the cable.

    Although the official thermometer at DFW airport has not hit triple digits yet, the upper 90s with humidity feel just as awful. The weather prognosticators are forecasting triple digit temperatures by mid week. Some how 39 degrees Celsius doesn’t seem so hot. 🙂

    • flyboybob Says:

      Oh, I forgot to mention that the online newspaper doesn’t have to be taken out to the garbage bin. 🙂

      • katry Says:

        Bob,
        I recycle my newspapers and magazines.

      • Hedley Says:

        Papers are dropped sporadically on our driveway and frankly I never look at them…one nod from Mrs MDH and it would be over.
        Meanwhile the battery on the iPad drains as I read The Times online.

      • katry Says:

        MDH,
        I really enjoy having all my news in one place. I don’t have to go hunting and I get the crossword to boot!

      • Bob Says:

        Years ago I was the President of our neighborhood association. We began a recycling effort to both raise some money and to do something good for the environment. Unfortunately, paper returns nothing at the recycling center. After awhile they stopped accepting it because it had no value.

      • katry Says:

        Bob,
        My dump has several receptacles for recycled material including paper, cardboard, glass and cans. The town is proud of the amount of material recycled.

    • katry Says:

      Bob,
      Several of my family and friends still read a real newspaper. I too can get an online version, but I don’t find it satisfying.

      Pay phones have certainly disappeared. The problem is I know several old people who haven’t a cell phone. If they are in trouble outside their homes, they have no way to connect.

      I can’t see that all I watch on cable will become available elsewhere.

      Boston hit 96˚ yesterday while we were 10˚ cooler. It will be close to that today as well. Next week it will cool down and be in the 60’s at night.

  2. Hedley Says:

    It’s domestic stuff HQ – tasks so tedious that I cannot be bothered to describe but my companion has been Sinatra, Radiohead, T Rex and Pet Sounds

    The Prince liked The Secret Life of Pets and is about to be taken for a fitting for his suit. Two weeks until my son’s wedding.

    I’m thinking about France, I can’t shake this one

    • flyboybob Says:

      Unfortunately, no one can stop a determined nut case who operates alone and doesn’t advertise his craziness on the internet. This one happened to be a very nasty person who just happened to be a Muslim from Tunisia. The crazy former soldier in Dallas last week who killed the policeman, the Navy seaman who killed the workers in a Navel facility in DC along with Lee Harvey Oswald seem to be cut from the same cloth. CRAZY!

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      I also can’t shake France.

      Is the Prince excited about his new suit? I figured boys his age probably aren’t. I know my nephew’s son who is ten would go but begrudgingly.

      I have outside stuff to do today, but it is far too hot go out during the day. I guess I’ll wait until later in the afternoon.

      You are a busy man!

      • Hedley Says:

        The Prince is tolerating the suit stuff – ten approaches for him but doesn’t have a set demand for his birthday

      • katry Says:

        That’s what Ryder would do-tolerate. He just turned ten last week.

  3. olof1 Says:

    It is annoying when one doesn’t have the choise. As long as everything is working I don’t feel the need to be on the net especially much but when it’s gone 🙂 🙂 I normally turn on the tv to see the news first.

    Today was a bit exiting since some militaries tried to do a coup. From what I know they failed totally but to be honest, Erdogan had it coming since he has tried to get religion back in to politics, something that has been forbidden since Kemal Ataturk. He might have won this time but I don’t think it’s over yet.

    Grey and dull here almost all the day but now the sky is clear again so I’m hoping for a chilly night so I don’t have to bring the mosquito hat on our morning walk. They say we are about to get a stabilizing high pressure here again so next week might be really nice. I’ll believe it if it happens 🙂

    have a great day!

    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      I couldn’t go on the net or watch TV. A book was a good substitute.

      It certainly shook up Erdogan that the military would dare stage a coup. He won but in a way he lost just because it happened.

      Sunny and still really hot. That is the forecast through the weekend. I think it is supposed to get cooler some day next week. I hope so!

      Have a great evening!!

  4. Birgit Says:

    Greetings from Lake Constance!
    We took the ferry to the Swiss side today, it’s perfect sunny hiking weather and I’ve had delicious lamb for dinner. I can’t complain 🙂


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