“After luncheon the sun, conscious that it was Saturday, would blaze an hour longer in the zenith,…”

The mornings are fresh and cool. It is in the afternoons when the days become uncomfortable, hot and  humid. I turn on the air conditioning and shut out the world. I prefer comfort.

Another birthday celebration was last night. We had appetizers on the deck, played a game which I lost then dined inside. We had ribs, one of my favorites. I opened my present which was a hoodie with a boxer outlined on the front in a facsimile of the flag in muted colors. It is perfect. We watched the Red Sox win handily. I drank cosmos. It was a wonderful finale for my birthday.

On TCM today is Humphrey Bogart day. This morning I watched Across the Pacific, a movie filmed in 1942 reuniting Mary Astor, Sidney Greenstreet and Humprey Bogart. In a secondary role is Victor Sen Yung, famous for being Charlie Chan’s number 2 son Jimmy and Hop Sing, the cook for the Cartwrights. Humphrey stars as Rick, a familiar name for Bogart from my favorite movie, Casablanca, also released in 1942, which will be on later. In Across the Pacific, Bogart is a passenger on a Japanese ship and working undercover: pretending to be a disgraced US military officer who is willing to trade information for money. One of the minor characters was described as having dipsomania, much more polite than calling him a drunk. Aside from the pidgin English of the Japanese, I liked the movie.

Saturday used to be my chore day. I’d clean the house, grocery shop and do an assortment of errands. Today I have only one errand: Agway for animal food. The house doesn’t need any cleaning, but I just might change my bed.

I have been retired for twelve years. Even I can’t believe how long it has been. Leisurely days have been an easy fit for me. I found out that most things, other than appointments, can be delayed. I used to feel guilty if I didn’t get everything done. Now I don’t care.

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  1. Nothing fun on any channel here today, it is as if they have given up Saturdays as tv days here. Back in the days Fridays and Saturdays were family tv days and I wonder why they thought it wasn’t any good any more.

    We’ve had a rather pleasant day here and even if it is cloudy it is stillrather warm and nice. Every now and again I have to get wasps out of my home but they are becoming lazy so it isn’t that hard to get rid of them. I even found several dead ones by the upper stairs windows. In a few days only the queens will remain and they won’t try to get indoors.

    I won 10 dollars on the lottery, toolittle to retire on I’m afraid 🙂 so only 13-15 more years to work before that happens 🙂

    Have a great day!

    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      The regular channels don’t have a lot but TCM sometimes has the best movies as does MGM, also an old movie station. TCM highlights one star all weekend.

      Here in the den it is still dark and cool, but the sun is working its way around. It is pleasant now but will get hotter as the afternoon goes by. I’m glad the wasps are dying.

      I was lucky to retire so young. I figured I had enough coming in to live on so I retired as early as I could. I’m sorry yours is so far away. Just keep playing that lottery!

      Have a wonderful afternoon.

  2. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    Congratulations on yours successful retirement! I just realized that I have been retired for 7 years. Wow. Seems like I’ve always been a lady of leisure. 🙂 It did take awhile before I fully understood that if something didn’t get done today, tomorrow was Saturday all over again. But in a good way. Not like Ground Hog Day. 🙂

    I had two errands today. Post office and pet store for dog food. The post office window closes at noon on Saturday. At 11AM I was still lounging. I’d already postponed the post office errand for several days and couldn’t really put it off. But I could feel my resolve slipping so I pushed myself out the door. I made the post office but had to skip the pet store. It’s Festival Italia today and the downtown area is closed to traffic. I wasn’t walking two blocks or more on a hot day while carrying a giant bag of kibble. They won’t starve.

    So far the day has been comfortable. The sun is coming around to the west side of the house so it will start to heat up pretty soon. I really need to put a tree over that side. Maybe this fall. Of course it’ll take decades to be tall enough to shade the house but someone in the future will be glad that I thought of it. 🙂

    Enjoy the day.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      It is amazing how wonderful it is to do what you want when you want. I took to that right away, and I am doing quite well continuing that.

      I spent $160 at Agway. I needed everything: canned and dry dog food, 40 pounds of pine litter, canned cat food, cat and dog treats and Nature’s Miracle odor remover, just in case. I could have gone to CVS, but I have to go out tomorrow so I’ll go to CVS then.

      I got home and was a sweaty mess so I turned on the AC. I am so very comfortable now.

      Have a great evening!

  3. im6 Says:

    If today is Saturday, you know what that means. Tonight is Saturday night. Hope you set aside five dollars for the evening.

  4. flyboybob Says:

    I don’t think I can just retire and have that much free time. If and when I do retire, I will probably keep working part time a couple of days a week for my employer. About half of our instructors work part time out of either boredom or nessesity. This was a result of the turmoil created by the Airline deregulation act of 1979. Many of our part time instructors are retired airline pilots who’s retirement funds were killed by management when their airlines went into bankruptcy. It’s hard to live strictly on Social Security and what little savings many of them acquired over the years. Until ten years ago airline pilots were forced by regulation to retire at age sixty which has been changed to age sixty five.

    Humphrey Bogart made some great movies. My favorite is Casablanca. The studio system in those days provided work for many supporting character actors who played in almost every film. Sidney Greenstreet and Peter Lorre were requlars in several movies playing bad guys such as in the Maltese Falcon. Bogart was very short and wore lifts to make him appear taller than his leading ladies. I think Lauren Bacall, his last wife, towered over him in real life. Too bad the cigarette habit did him in at an early age with lung cancer.

    Cool and rainy again today. Global warming doesn’t mean hot everywhere but weird weather. Having rain for two weeks in August is weird in North Texas.

    • katry Says:

      Bob,
      I have a friend who is so afraid to retire she’ll happily die at her desk. I worked long hours, but I took easily to being retired.

      I had a good savings account which I used to redo the house and travel. Now I have to save to take any trips. It took me three years to save for this trip to Ghana.

      My favorite is also Casablanca. I never tire of watching it. My favorite viewing was at a local theater. I finally got to see it on the big screen. He did have a cigarette in his hand in many of his movie scenes. He had that way of holding the cigarette on the side of his mouth so it didn’t interfere with his dialogue.

      Having no rain yet in August is really weird for here.

  5. Birgit Says:

    Music Saturday 🙂 First The Drummers of Burundi and Polish girls singing traditional East and North European songs live this afternoon and now an Iggy concert (Royal Albert Hall London) on TV. I have to admit that the music mix today is a little bit crazy but it’s fun.

    • katry Says:

      Birgit,
      Down here on the cape there are several summer music venues though none of them are free except town bands and none of them have the variety yours do. I’d love the Polish singers.


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