“Walking is a virtue, tourism is a deadly sin.”

The windows and doors were opened for about a half an hour. Gracie was restless and started panting. I decided it was time to turn on the air conditioner. Tonight is supposed to be cool so I’ll try to open the house then.

The laundry pile was getting higher and higher so I decide it was time to bring it down the cellar and throw it in the washing machine. The machine didn’t have a setting for mountainous so I went with heavy load.

My friend said she was divebombed by moths when she left the house. There are more flitting around than there were yesterday. My backyard has so many I dare not go on the deck. That B movie plot about Attack of the Gypsy Moths still sticks in my head.

When I was an English teacher, I bought all the guides to the books my kids were reading in class. When I assigned essays about theme or character, I found some students had copied directly from the guide books. I’d give those students an F and cite the page from which they lifted the material. I’d write plagiarized as the reason for the F. Enough said!

There is a nuisance of tourists. I haven’t seen so many in a long while. The license plates from all over are indicators that the economy is doing well. A long while back, when gas was rationed, the cape was almost clear of tourists. Now, trying to find  a parking space takes patience, circling around and following people headed to their cars.

The rain missed us last night. There was a torrential rain and hail storm north of Boston. Trees fell and knocked down poles and electrical lines. Roads were closed. The wind took off roofs. I do not want such a dangerous storm, but I do want rain.

Fern goes for a follow-up at the vets today. I hate putting that poor kitty in the carry crate. She gets terrified. I’ll just have to talk to her and soothe her the whole trip. I do think the vet will be pleased with her progress.

Mac and cheese is on the menu for lunch. It is one of my all time favorite comfort foods, right behind meatloaf. Last night I had a crab and clam cake for dinner. I bought it at the fish market. I also bought some crab cakes for tonight.  I’m loving my menus!

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16 Comments on ““Walking is a virtue, tourism is a deadly sin.””

  1. Hedley Says:

    When our kids were kids (like not all grown up) we would give cash prizes for out of state license plates when we were roving around California or whatever. I think Hawaii was $5 and it moved down from there.

    We have an influx of tourists who will be attending my son’s wedding in 11 days so we are hard at work on tourist michigan

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      We had the license plate game and a road trip game where we had to cross off things like a cow or horse and other stuff like that. I don’t remember if the winner got anything.

      You are a tour guide! Make a booklet with all the wonderful things to see in Michigan. The furthest I have gone is to Colorado for my nephew’s wedding. I got to stay at my sister’s. There were lots of events before the big day.

  2. We had a rather cool morning here with lots of fog but the sun broke through and we had a rather pleasant day, no wind so lots of flies. I’m wondering if there might be some small portable flame-thrower I can buy, it would just feel so nice to just roast them while they are annuyoing me as worst 🙂 🙂

    This is thankfully nbot a tourist area except in spring when the cranes comes.so during summer it’s even easier to find a parking space than otherwise 🙂

    I wish my highschool teachers had been like that but they really didn’t bother,the kids came from richer areas and had parents that wouldn’t hesitate to “talk up” their kids grades, just too much work to do the right thing I guess.

    I’m glad Fern is so much better 🙂

    Have a great day!


    • katry Says:

      I feel the same way about the moths. Two of them dive-bombed me when I went out on the deck. I’d love to hear them sizzle.

      I have the doors and windows opened. The night has a nice cool breeze. It is supposed to be a nice day tomorrow with low humidity.

      The tourist dollars are important to the economy of so many places here, and they keep my taxes down so I guess I shouldn’t complain as much.

      I always thought I had been blessed with good kids. Some were quite bright while others struggled, but they all tried to learn. I really did enjoy teaching.

      The vet said he doesn’t know how long she’ll be okay with both kidney and heart issues, but I’ll take her the way she is right now!

      Have a great evening!!

  3. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    My windows are open today. It’s not too bad.The dogs and I have been out a couple of times and it’s reasonable. There’s a lovely breeze and if one is in the shade, it’s very pleasant.
    The thunderstorms last night did a lot of damage in surrounding towns but I got nothing. Not even rain.

    I never used the guides to the books we had to read in school. I remember winging an oral book report on The Aeneid. I’d read The Odyssey and The Iliad. I tried to read The Aeneid but it was so incredibly boring, derivative and not as good as the other two (in my not so humble teenage opinion) that I gave it up. I got a decent grade on it. If that smart aleck kid hadn’t asked me if Aeneas remarried, I might have gotten a better grade. 🙂

    Paraphrasing is acceptable. Plagiarism is not. Nuff said.

    Enjoy the day.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      I have a great breeze from the window facing north. That is strange as usually I get a southern breeze. In winter, a storm from the north is always a bad one.

      We haven’t had rain in a long time. I’m about to go out to water the deck plants.

      I translated the Aeneid in 4th year Latin. I haven’t ever read it in English. We read great books when I was in high school, none were The Iliad or The Odyssey.

      I agree with your last sentence, but members of the RNC are saying it is merely coincidental.

      Enjoy the drier weather.

  4. Birgit Says:

    Hot but still nice sunny summer weather with a clear blue sky. It’s a tourist region where I’m now but it’s not crowded yet, local school holidays will start next week when rain is predicted. Poor kids! My tourist program for today was a lovely trip along the lake to Constance by bike, a nice old town at the Swiss border. Picnic at the harbour watching the ships and the distant Swiss mountains in the evening sun. Tomorrow is already our last holiday here, back home by train on Thursday.

    • katry Says:

      This is the first night in several days I have had the doors and windows opened. It is far drier than it has been and there is a nice breeze.

      I remember one summer when it rained every weekend. That killed the weekend tourist coming down here.

      How nice that the mountains are a backdrop for your vacation. It has sounded as if you’ve had great weather and a wonderful time. Sorry it is ending!

    • Hedley Says:

      Names Birgit ! I am trying to follow you on a map and Lake Constance is a bit big !

      • Birgit Says:

        Hedley, just Constance (German: Konstanz) and back, it’s too hot for longer bike tours, and just the left part (Untersee) of Lake Constance. Another nice sunny day here now, the planned guided solar boat trip seems to be sold out (we are still waiting for a phone call), so maybe just a short trip by bike to the Mindelsee near Möggingen north of Radolfzell today, a nice small lake for swimming and hiking and enjoying the sun and life 🙂

  5. Bob Says:

    I’m sure that Ms. Trump would say that plagiarism is the sincerest form of flattery. 🙂 Just ask Bill Gates.

    I just saw an article that 2016 is headed to exceed the record setting temperature of 2015. We still haven’t had a 100 degree day yet.

    Here’s an interesting article about the ghost writer of Trump’s book, “The Art of The Deal”.


    • katry Says:

      Thanks for the arrticle, Bob. What took the guy so long?

      We haven’t hit 90˚ yet for which I’m thankful. Boston, however, has on more days than usual this time of year.

      We had the hottest June on record so I’m thinking the prediction is correct.

      • Bob Says:

        I assume he wanted to make sure that Donald would become the Republican nominee and get the most bang while their convention is going on.

      • katry Says:

        He actually said he never thought Trump would be a serious contender for the presidency.

  6. im6 Says:

    1) Glad to see more people share that New Yorker article about the ghostwriter. It’s about as damning as anything I’ve read.

    2) Ran across this video today and it made me think of the discussion here a couple of days ago. Better late than never.

    • katry Says:

      I go crazy when I read the big man’s supporters who support everything he says without question. My cousin, a blind supporter of the Republican candidate, said Michelle Obama stole it her speech someone else so Mrs. Trump is innocent.

      I remember the Trix rabbit the most. The small boxes of cereal in the variety pack were favorites of mine. I really liked pouring milk in the box. My mother didn’t buy sugary cereals no matter how much we whined.

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