“To travel is to shop.”

Yesterday was a wonderful birthday. I walked outside to get the papers and right away saw balloons tied to a new solar garden light stuck in the grass. Now, every time I see that light, I’ll remember how fun the morning was and how wonderful my friends are. My sisters called to wish me a happy birthday as did Grace from Ghana. She once was a student of mine, but now she is a friend. More friends called during the day and the internet was crushed by the number of well wishes on Coffee and on Facebook. Two of my friends took me out to eat at Karoo’s last night. It is a South African restaurant we all like, and the food was even better than we remembered. My friends gave me a beautiful puzzle box which I could not open because I am spatially incompetent. Step by step instructions got the box opened. Instead of a cake, my friend made brownies. Chocolate is perfect for any occasion. I still have one more birthday celebration to come. It is like birth-week instead of birthday. How wonderful!!

My house is open to the air. The morning has gone from sunny to cloudy and back again, but this den where I spend most of my time stays dark and cool until the afternoon. There is even a slight breeze. If I can last through the day, the temperature will get down to the high 60’s tonight, and I won’t need the air conditioning; however, I do like the sensation of feeling cold on a hot summer night.

Around here Hyannis is the big city. It has lots of heavy traffic and stores tucked into a variety of big and small malls. The main route in and out of town has four lanes, two of them for turning. Most times I avoid Hyannis. There are stores I love, but I don’t want to hunt for a parking space or sit through light cycles. The exception is when I have an appointment and have no choice, like today, but I’ll do some shopping because I’m there. It makes the trip fun and worthwhile.

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14 Comments on ““To travel is to shop.””

  1. Hedley Says:

    The Tigers and the Boston anklets are going at it this afternoon both with dreams of the playoffs. Rumor has it that Ryan Lochte was spotted urinating on the wall of Comerica Park and then claiming he was robbed but really smashed up a public toilet.

    Sounds like your birthday was fab gear. Food balloons friends and gifts what more could you want

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      I listened on the radio until I got home, and the game is on now for me to watch. Buchholtz is surprising me. Even his clean cut hair-do surprises me.

      That is quite the tale from the swimmers.

      It was fab gear!

  2. olof1 Says:

    Happy Birth Day a day late 🙂

    I do prefer brownies too, cake can be nice but brownies are always great 🙂

    It is thankfully always easy to find a parking space in any of the towns and cities close to me and in most of them parking is free. The exception is when I have to park at any of the hospitals, there I must pay??!! It’s not like they even are close to the center of the towns 🙂

    Have a great day!


    • katry Says:

      Thanks! It doesn’t matter that it’s late. I take any and all good wishes.

      I had a brownie for breakfast. It was delicious. It also had walnuts and chocolate chips.

      Only Main Street in Hyannis has meters. Most places have plenty of parking. The hospital has valet parking, and it is free.

      Enjoy your evening!

  3. Birgit Says:

    Sounds like a perfect birthday/-week. Happy shopping!

    The whole area here is more or less a big city but it’s rather quiet where I live. I’m always glad when I don’t have to go downtown but especially today it must have been a mess there. The main freeway was closed due to a big accident, the smaller one is closed due to construction work now and the station had to be closed and the area evacuated because another old WWII bomb was found. Even decades after the war we still have a lot of these old bombs. No big problem as long as you don’t start to dig 🙂

    Kat and Hedley,
    you may want to hear Fairport’s tribute to Steeleye Span’s Gaudete. (Cropredy festival last weekend, first recordings are available.)

    • Hedley Says:


    • katry Says:

      I did enjoy the limited shopping I did. Hyannis was as crowded as I’ve seen it, and at one light I waited for three cycles before I could move. Why aren’t these people at the beach?

      Wow, all that would tie Boston up for hours and hours. The highway is really the only way to leave the city and go south where I live. You can’t pick up backroads until out of the city. I never gave bombs a thought this long after the war, but given the number dropped, I can understand why there are many still undiscovered.

      Hedley is right: it is sacrilege, but a well-done sacrilege.

  4. Jay Bird Says:

    Leo’s rock!! (8/14 for me). Have a great summer, Kat.

  5. sprite Says:

    Belated wishes for a happy birthday!

    • katry Says:

      Many thanks, sprite!! I figure my birthday is a major celebration lasting several days so you are not late!

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