“Everything I buy is vintage and smells funny. Maybe that’s why I don’t have a boyfriend.”

Today is more than enough to make up for all that rain. Mother Nature is back in my good graces. The day is warm. I went to get the papers in a short sleeve shirt and wasn’t even cold. The sun is brilliant and perfectly framed by the blue sky. A little breeze has the brown leaves dancing at the end of their branches. I made a list of places to go today so I can enjoy the day.

The dog door is complete. Yesterday I ran into my friend and explained my problem with the plastic part of the dog door. His dog also has one so I figured he might have a solution. Washers! That was it, all I needed. I went to the hardware store and gave the man one of the small screws, asked for some with larger heads and some washers. He brought me both for the grand total of 98 cents. Two of the holes used the larger headed screws while the other holes needed the washers. Gracie has been in and out that door all morning.

It rained again yesterday, but I still went to do errands. Gracie needed dog food. That was enough incentive to get me out into the rain, but I did treat myself and bought lunch and some anise cookies. Life is good.

This week I will start decorating my house for Christmas. One side of my cellar is filled with bins of decorations. I have a whole collection of plastic lighted figures, mostly Santa Clauses. On the back wall are bins I haven’t opened in a few years. I’m hoping I can make my way back there to see what’s in those bins. I like surprises. Many of my decorations, like the Santas, are vintage and some are mighty ugly, but I don’t care. I think everything Christmas has an intrinsic beauty, even the ceramic angels, Santa mugs and really gross elves with scary faces. I was thrilled last Christmas to find out my nephew collects those vintage plastic lighted figures. He got a snowman as a gift last year. I didn’t know anyone else shared my taste.

That load of washing is still in front of the cellar door. Maybe I’ll get to it tomorrow. But then again, maybe not.

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8 Comments on ““Everything I buy is vintage and smells funny. Maybe that’s why I don’t have a boyfriend.””

  1. olof1 Says:

    Thank You for the Advent calendar! I like it a lot!

    We would probably freeze to death if we went out in short sleves here 🙂 Rain, strong winds and around 32 isn’t healthy 🙂 I can only imagine how slippery the roads will be tomorrow morning.

    I’m glad the dog door is fixed and Gracie must be so happy that it works again. I won’t drive a single inch during the weekend, I’m so tired of slippery roads now abnd winter has just begun 🙂

    I’m thinking of getting a bigger tree next year so I too can use all the old decorations again, Albin doesn’t seem to have the same urge to pee on trees as Orvar had 🙂 I’ll see how he behaves closer to next Christmas 🙂

    Have a great day!


    • katry Says:

      You are very welcome, Christer!

      I think you’d love the weather here today. As soon as I finish writing, I’m going to get ready and go out.

      Gracie has been in and out too many times to count. She is also glad to have it back as am I. Now I don’t have to stand by the door to let her back inside.

      Gracie never touched any trees. The cats, though, were another story as was Shauna, another boxer. The cat climbed the tree. Most loved sleeping on the tree skirt under the heat of the lights. Shauna ate the strand of popcorn and nearly toppled the tree. My mother wasn’t happy-it was her tree.

      Have a great afternoon.

  2. GnuFOOL Says:

    Are you a Reason, a Season, or a Lifetime?

    Pay attention to what you read. After you read this, you will know the
    reason it was sent to you! Because people come into your life for a reason,
    a season, or a lifetime. When you figure out which one it is, you will know
    what to do for each person.

    When someone is in your life for a REASON. It is usually to meet a need
    you have expressed. They have come to assist you through a difficulty, to
    provide you with guidance and support, to aid you physically, emotionally,
    or spiritually. They may seem like a godsend, and they are! They are there
    for the reason you need them to be. Then, without any wrong doing on your
    part, or at an inconvenient time, this person will say or do something to
    bring the relationship to an end. Sometimes they die. Sometimes they walk
    away. Sometimes they act up and force you to take a stand. What we must
    realize is that our need has been met, our desire fulfilled, their work is
    done. The prayer you sent up has been answered, and now it is time to move

    When people come into your life for a SEASON it is because your turn has
    come to share, grow, or learn. They bring you an experience of peace, or
    make you laugh. They may teach you something you have never done. They
    usually give you an unbelievable amount of joy. Believe it! It is real! But,
    only for a season. .

    LIFETIME relationships teach you lifetime lessons; things you must build
    upon in order to have a solid emotional foundation. Your job is to accept
    the lesson, love the person, and put what you have learned to use in all
    other relation-ships and areas of your life. It is said that love is blind
    but friendship is clairvoyant. Thank you for being a part of my life.

  3. Bob Says:

    I was going to suggest you fix the doggy door with duct tape. It will fix anything but a couple of washers and screws with bigger heads sounds like a more permanent repair.

    One Christmas season many years ago my bosses’ airplane jumped the chock and rolled down an incline in Aspen Colorado. He and his family were skiing over the holiday. The only damage was to the wingtip fairing which is not structural and contacted another airplane. A mechanic made a temporary repair using the 400 mph duct tape. I got to fly it home for a proper repair. BTW The 400 mph version of Duct tape is the kind you buy at Home Depot with the silver color. 🙂

    This morning was a chilly 39 degrees with blue skies. It warmed up to 60 degrees by five o’clock. It’s beginning to look a lot like winter. 🙂

    • katry Says:

      I tried to fix the old plastic with duct tape but it didn’t last despite how much I used. When I lived in Africa, I would have loved having the duct tape.

      I have the silver duct tape as well as the black. I use the silver for heavier jobs which need a bit more adhesive.

      Going down an incline is about as much of a plane crash I’d ever want.

      We were 55˚ and Boston hit 60˚. Even now it is pretty warm.

      • Bob Says:

        The ramp in Aspen has a slight incline. Our airplane was only chocked by the nose wheel. The line personal should have chocked the main wheels. When everyone and all the baggage comes off the airplane the center center of gravity moves towards the rear which makes the nose light. A gust of wind caused the tail to move down and the nose wheel jumped the chock. We were lucky that only one wingtip hit another airplane. I would always rather be lucky than smart. 🙂

      • katry Says:

        I’ll agree to wanting more to be lucky than smart. I think in your line of work it ought to be the mantra at times.

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