“Last, but not least, avoid cliches like the plague.”

The morning sky is dark and the air is chilly. Rain’s coming, heavy rain. It should be here by early afternoon. I have to go out, but I hope to get home before the rain starts. Given the ominous sky, I’m not optimistic.

I’m watching The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms. The beast is a prehistoric creature awakened by an atomic blast at the North Pole. The film was made in 1953. One line made me chuckle. The radio news reported about a ship sunk by what one survivor described as a giant monster. The radio announcer wanted to know what the guy had been smoking. I’d like to know what the token female scientist was smoking when she went clothes shopping. Her wardrobe is ugly from the hat down. In one scene, people start running. A couple of guys by the river had seen the monster, and they were the first runners. Most of the people running have no idea why. They even knock a blind guy down. A policeman foolishly tried to shoot down the creature with his handgun. He got eaten for his efforts. A woman screamed.

Of late, my world has been small. I’ve mostly stayed home with Gracie. I don’t mind. The house is cozy and warm. I have movies to watch, books to read and plenty of crackers and cheese. The only chore left is that blasted laundry.

I have a pair of black and white saddle shoes. I bought them to go with a 50’s costume which included a poodle skirt. When I was in high school, I wore saddle shoes, lots of us did. Now I’m thinking maybe I ought to wear them again. Maybe I’ll be a trend setter. Now that is funny.

I was always a horrible bowler. Here we play candlepin with the small bowling balls, three to a frame. My mother belonged to a bowling league. The alley where she played is now a shoe store. Every Saturday she and my dad watched Bowling for Dollars. I would have needed to be tied and gagged before I’d watch bowling on TV or anywhere for that matter.

I’m not sure which plague it is, but I am in the midst of one. Moths are all over the house.  I kill them on walls and catch them with my hand. Maddie does her bit but they are quicker than she. The last few cold nights have helped as the moths are logy and easy to grab even in the air. There seem to be fewer. It may be the end.

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11 Comments on ““Last, but not least, avoid cliches like the plague.””

  1. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    I laughed when I read that your parents watched bowling on tv. My father was addicted to Candlepins for Cash. He watched it religiously. One afternoon I came home from work and he was all excited. He had won something on Candlepins for Cash. He won a 5 piece wrought iron patio set (that I still have), a gigantic charcoal grill, two redwood chaises, and a small redwood wheeled table. The chaises and the redwood table are long gone. The gigantic grill is slowly decaying out in the back yard. The sod has grown over the wheels and I can’t move it. But my father became a master of outdoor cooking when that thing was in its heyday. He couldn’t boil water in a kitchen but he could cook anything at all outside on an open flame. That grill brings back many tasty memories of great barbecues.

    Are you having a plague of Miller Moths or some other kind of moth? If Miller Moths, toss the cereal, pasta and flour. Wash everything where they were stored. Put replacements in the freezer for a few weeks, take out for 10 days, put back in freezer for another couple of weeks. That kills any bugs that were already in the stuff and any eggs that might have been dormant.

    Today is dismal. No rain yet but it looks like it could start any second.

    Enjoy the day and stay dry.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      That’s it-I forgot the name but mine also watched Candlepins for Cash. I didn’t know they gave stuff away. Your dad got quite a haul. My dad was also a fine outside chef, but he also made a great Sunday breakfast.

      I don’t think they are miller moths. I looked them up, and mine don’t look like them. All my stuff is in Tupperware because of an earlier infestation, but I will double check just in case.

      It is now raining here, and I was talking to my sister in Stoneham, and she said it was pouring so your rain came.

      Gracie has had some problems today. I called the vet who wants me to bring her in. We have an appointment at 4: 10. I’ll let you know.

      Have a great evening!

    • katry Says:

      Caryn,
      The vet gave her pills for incontinence and a pill for dizziness because of her head tilt. The blood work and urine analysis were negative for any sort of infection or disease. That made me happy. Now she is sleeping on puppy pads. I met a woman at the counter with a boxer the same age as Gracie who was also incontinent at night. Interesting.

      • Caryn Says:

        I’m glad to read that Gracie’s issues have work-arounds. It is interesting that another boxer the same age is having a similar issue. Hope the pills help.

      • katry Says:

        Thanks, Caryn

        My friends down the street and another neighbor also have dogs who had been incontinent. Strange!!

  2. olof1 Says:

    Sunny and warm here and it’ll be the same tomorrow. The cooler and cloudier weather starts on Monday and will last a week they say. The smaller creeks are all dried out so I guess IU shouldn’t complain if it rains a lot but I’m sure I will 🙂

    I think I’ve seen that movie. I looked on the net and recognised a lot of what I saw. It’s enough bad to be enjoyable 🙂

    I was quite good at bowling but my wrists are too weak so it was just for fun we played. <I even like to look at it on tv but that only happens when they pklay for the Swedish Championships. I've never tried candlepin though but perhaps my wrist would manage to play that 🙂

    I hope You can come home before the rain starts!

    Have a great day!

    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      I took Gracie to the vets today. She has been wetting the towels at night and today she threw up. The vet gave her pills for incontinence and a pill for dizziness because of her head tilt. The blood work and urine analysis were negative for any sort of infection or disease.

      I found the worst of all: Attack of the Lederhosen Zombies. Snowboarders are attacked by zombies and mutant wildlife in the Austrian Alps.

      I think candlepin is a New England thing.

      It was pouring while I was driving and I could hardly see but it slowed when I got tot he vets, and it was the same on the way home.

      Have a great evening!

  3. Birgit Says:

    I gave up the fight to get rid of all moths at home, vulnerable food is stored in cans and in an old 1950’s fridge I use as closed cupboard. Other moths still hide in carpets and books, sticky pheromone traps helps in rooms with window fly screens. I won’t poison my home.
    Outside it’s very sad to see that many insects and birds are gone by now.
    I hope your back is better now and the vet can help Gracie.

    • katry Says:

      Birgit,
      I grab them in mid-air and kill them on walls. There were far fewer today so I must be reducing the population.

      Lots of birds around here including wild turkeys. You never used to see them but now they travel in groups as large as 14. There are some which live near the pond at the end of my street.

      My back is better and the vet gave Gracie two new pills, one for incontinence and another for dizziness from her head tilt. She is now sleeping deeply on the couch and snoring.I was happy with the results.


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