“I saw goats. A party can’t be all bad when you have goats,” Lucy said.”

Today is amazing. When I went to get the papers, I was surprised how hot it is. The sun is bright. There isn’t even the slightest breeze. It is a summer day in late June.

Okay, I admit I am more aware of English grammar than the average person. I was, after all, an English teacher so I cringe when I hear bad grammar. I liken it to a musician playing a wrong note or a singer singing out of tune. I am more tolerant of conversation sprinkled with bad grammar. I don’t acknowledge it. Television, however, is a different story. Writers are eliminating the objective case, especially after a preposition. It is between you and me, never between you and I. Today it has been three times so far that good grammar has been tossed on TV. Detective, military and police procedure shows use experts in each field to check the plot details. Maybe it is time to hire an English teacher to check scripts for bad grammar.

My laundry is now downstairs leaning against the cellar door, and I am actually going to wash it today, a monumental task. I am also going to do a couple of errands. I think the sun has energized me.

Last night was so very foggy, a halloween sort of night. I expected something dressed in black to jump from behind the bushes to scare me. Actually, I was a little disappointed when nothing happened.

I once milked a goat. At first nothing happened. My technique was bad so I kept trying. My fingers were about to give out when the first squirt of milk hit the bucket. I felt so accomplished.

A herd of goats were responsible for my only motorcycle injury. It was in Ghana. I saw the herd start to cross the road so I stopped and waited. It changed direction and ran right into me. The bike started to fall so I grabbed it, and in the process got a burn on my leg, a round burn which took a long time to heal. The burn and the boils were my only Peace Corps medical issues.

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12 Comments on ““I saw goats. A party can’t be all bad when you have goats,” Lucy said.””

  1. olof1 Says:

    We’ve had a rather nice sunny day here too, bit bit cooler than You though 🙂 Still it was really nice to take the walk with the dogs after work. I do like fog at night if there are a few lights around so that I actually can see it but I really dislike driving in it. I don’t know how many times I’ve thought I’ve seen a moose on the road but nothing was there when I reached the place 🙂

    I’m the same with Swedish and the biggest “problem” for me is separation of words. As You know now we always put together words to make other words and if one separates them a sentence gets a totally different meaning, like when you put a comma wrong. Most of the times it gets absurd like when someone are selling black labrador puppies instead sells blacks, a labrador and puppies 🙂 I think Sedish has the longest word in teh world with 72 letters (well no one use it any longer but it still excists 🙂 ).
    I’m not that serious when it comes to English though, I know I sometimes put the words in a Swedish way 🙂

    I’ve never milked anything so I’m very impressed that You did get milk out of that goat 🙂

    Have a great day!

    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      I’m not thrilled about driving at night in the fog either. I tend to try to keep that middle line where I can follow it.

      I’m glad you got the sun back. I was thrilled when it reappear yesterday and again today. We lived through more than enough rain.

      The Ghanaians did the same thing with English: they translated literally from their tribal languages. I love it when they did. It was a colorful English phrase. Ghanaians never said I’ll return. They said I’ll go come. It makes perfect sense.

      Your English is amazing! I loved your example of the puppies.

      I felt triumphant when I heard the milk hit the bucket!

      Have a wonderful evening!!

  2. Erin Says:

    I burned my leg once on a motorcycle pipe. It took over a year to heal. I can still feel it. Ouch! When I saw all the goat stuff I thought you’d be talking Tom Brady. 😉

    • katry Says:

      Erin,
      I had that round red scar for a long time. I was lucky, though, as it didn’t take as long as yours to heal.

      I’m amazed that your first thought was TB12, not a real goat.

  3. Birgit Says:

    Free roaming goats are extremely rare here but frozen or wet tram rails let me fell me off my bike and motorbike more than once. Just bruises and scratches so far, nothing serious. At least rails don’t move 😉

    • katry Says:

      Birgit,
      I have to say I haven’t ever fallen from wet or frozen rails as there are none around here so I’m safe.

      Ghana has free roaming critters of all sorts including goats, sheep, chickens, Guinea fowl, pigs and turkeys. My chickens too roamed but always found their way home.

  4. im6 Says:

    I love her, but some may think, in keeping with the theme, you should have posted a song by Buffy Sainte Marie today.

  5. Bob Says:

    Another hot and sunny day again today. The cold front is coming to knock down these 90+ degree days.

    The English language, like all languages, evolves over time because it’s spoken by human beings. Grammar also has to change along with the spoken word. All that time wasted in school diagraming sentences and learning those rules from the 19th century make little sense on TV or in a tweet. I believe in the rules that newspapers go by, “If it’s readable it goes to print”. I realize that you are a former English teacher and I understand your feelings but good grammar is going the way of expediency.

    • katry Says:

      Bob,
      English, like math, has a right way and a wrong way. Should we start spelling phonetically because that is how people speak? There has to be a consistency. Grammar and spelling give us that consistency. Newspapers proof all their articles making changes in grammar and construction. That’s what makes it readable.


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