“Remember, remember always, that all of us, and you and I especially, are descended from immigrants and revolutionists.”

The days have been getting cooler, not cold yet, just cooler. The nights, though, are chilly, cold enough for an afghan. The other night my heat went on even though it is set to 65˚.  Soon, the afghan will not be enough to keep me warm.

I was out yesterday for one chore and two stops for shopping. At the first stop, I bought a Christmas present for a friend. The next one was the Italian store where I bought mortadella, fresh bread, pasta and sauce. When I got home, I was in a shopping mood and bought a few more Christmas presents on line. One bed in the guest room is filled with gifts so I have to start writing them down to see what I have and what I need. After all, it’s November all ready.

Gracie is not doing well. Her back legs are much worse. I am scared for her and for me. I hope there is something we can do as she is otherwise fine. She eats, demands treats and gives kisses. We have an appointment at the vet’s tomorrow.

I can’t watch the news anymore. The anxiety of what might be next has me watching Netflix and YouTube. This morning I’m watching Space Probe Taurus from 1965. It is awful. There they are, a crew of three men and one woman, in a space ship with several rooms and lots of space. The control room is about the size of my downstairs. So far two of the men have hit on the woman scientist who was expected to prepare dinner, well sort of dinner. Pills substituted for food. One scientist had lobster Newburg, another had fillet mignon with mashed potatoes and gravy. Right now their ship is stranded underwater on an alien planet and is surrounded by creatures the woman declared were ugly and frightening. They actually look like crabs. The crew is trying to free the ship from the water. One guy is going out in scuba gear. He is being followed by a humanoid looking creature and has no idea of the danger. I’m sitting on the edge of my seat!

My dance card is pretty empty for the next few weeks. Sundays are the only days with any entries, game nights. Last Sunday we decorated Day of the Dead sugar cookie skulls and then managed to play one of our games. The skulls were our best artistic endeavors to date. It seemed a shame to eat them, but I did.

I love my life even when I have an empty dance card.

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17 Comments on ““Remember, remember always, that all of us, and you and I especially, are descended from immigrants and revolutionists.””

  1. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    I’m sorry to read that Gracie is having issues with her back legs and hope the vet has some solutions. If she is otherwise fine, you might look into orthopedic support harnesses. There are a number of companies that offer them for varying degrees of mobility problems.

    I had two chores yesterday: go to the town hall to pay the real estate tax and water/sewer bill and then hit the post office. When I got to the town hall, I realized I couldn’t go to the post office because I had the wrong set of keys and didn’t have the one for the PO box. Oh, well. Tomorrow is another day. Except it’s today now and I still haven’t done that. 🙂 It’s probably stuffed solid with catalogues. It’s that season.

    Today started out cloudy, warm, and damp but the sun is more or less visible. I’m wearing a short sleeved tee shirt, the windows and doors are open and the fans are on. Well, the fans are only on because I burnt something on the stove and the kitchen was full of smoke. But they’re still on and I’m not cold. The weather is freaky.

    Well painted cookies have not fulfilled their purpose in life until they are eaten by appreciative humans.
    Enjoy the empty dance card.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      It is 64˚ here but feels colder. I put on a sweatshirt as my arms were cold. The sun is here and gone and back again. Right now it is a long spell of clouds, but I can still see some blue.

      I paid my taxes on line on Tuesday to save me a trip to the town hall. That last sentence is a bit silly as the town hall is only 2+ miles away. I guess it is my stodginess.

      I have had the idea of a harness in my mind for a while. When my friends were down a couple of weeks ago I mentioned it, and my friend Bill said he might be able to build one. I’ll talk to the vet tomorrow.

      I had the cookies last night and had no guilt. They were meant for eating.

      I’m thinking of having a nap.

  2. olof1 Says:

    I do hope there’s a solution to Gracies problems! That harness thar Caryn mentions is a good idea!

    Some nights are really cold here and some just as warmish as the days are but I’ll get the winter tires put on my car tomorrow so I at least don’t have to worry about that first morning with icy roads.

    I laughed when I read that description about the movie 🙂 🙂 I’ll see how many GB I have on my inbternet account, I might venture out into Youtube land to watch a movie as well 🙂

    Have a great day!

    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      I think it is a good idea as well. I am hoping a shot of something might helped for the immediate problems. She is bad in the morning after not using them all night.

      Today turned out warm and pleasant. The sun came back in the early afternoon and has stayed around.

      I won’t give you in more about the movie in case you see it. I’d hate to spit the ending!

      Enjoy your evening!

  3. Hedley Says:

    And what a night it was. Real Madrid came to Wembley to play Spurs in the Champions League and got hammered. 3-1. Tottenham completely dominated the European Champions. Meanwhile somewhere in the Ruhr Valley Birgit was less than happy with her BVB as they drew with the crappy Apoel and exited. Spurs move on to the round of 16 and have a meaningless dance with Birgit in a couple of weeks.

    Along many Detroiters, we were cheering for Houston last night and around midnight the World Series was won and the great Justin Verlander finally added the ring to his CV. I have no doubt that if Mike Ilitch had still been alive, he would never have sanctioned Justin’s trade. It was done in the middle of the night and the face of the Tigers for the last 13 years was gone. I am really happy for Verlander, truly deserved.

    Tonight is the Mass of Remembrance down the Chapel. Sometimes its hard to realize that they are all gone and maybe even harder to realize that chronologically I am next. I need to get back to Spurs and Verlander and the Bob Dylan releasing tomorrow

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      I’m glad for the celebration in the Hedley homestead. With that happens around here every day, something to cheer about is a welcome diversion.

      I too am happy for Verlander. He deserves a ring, and I guess the trade was, in the long run, good for him though not for Detroit. I felt that way with the great Sox players prior to 2004 who never, or hardly ever, got close.

      I have two uncles in their 80′, but I am not really that far from going toes up as my mother used to call it.

    • Birgit Says:

      Congratulations, Hedley/Tottenham!
      Yup, sad soccer days here. It was very quiet in Dortmund downtown last night.

    • Bob Says:

      Unfortunately, the Texas Rangers are still waiting for their first franchise World Series win. Sending Darvish to the Dodgers may have been a blessing in disguise for the Rangers. Congratulations to Verlander and the Astros.

  4. sprite Says:

    Thinking good thoughts for Gracie and the vet visit tomorrow. I’m hopeful they have some suggestions or that they think the harness idea might work.

    • katry Says:

      Thanks, sprite.

      I am hoping a shot of some shot of some sort might help, but she has had that head tilt for a while and the legs might be the result of issues with her brain manifested by the tilt..

  5. Birgit Says:

    It’s too early to look for Christmas gifts. As always I will regret it in December.
    I hope the vet can help Gracie. Good luck!

    • Birgit Says:

      PS: Nice title quote!
      It’s difficult to avoid US news, even on this side of the ocean.

      • katry Says:

        Thanks, Birgit. Usually my quote doesn’t take long to find as I easily match it with my musings of the day but today took me a long while then I found this. I thought it perfect.

        I haven’t ever yelled at the TV as much as I do now.

    • katry Says:

      Birgit,
      I have always bought presents all year when I’ve seen what I think are perfect gifts. I figure they might not be there when I go back. One of my friends told me I always find just the right gift. Yes, when you are rushed in December you’ll lament the choice.

      Thanks on Gracie.

  6. Bob Says:

    I’m sorry to hear that Gracie is having difficulty with her rear legs. hopefully the Vet will have something to help her.

    Today was another beautiful day with highs in the low 90s. Highs like this are unusual even for Texas.

    I’m always saddened by the last game of the World Series because for me it’s the unofficial beginning of Autumn. Now we have to look forward to football and basketball to get to Spring Training. 🙂

    • katry Says:

      Bob,
      Thanks about Gracie. It is a struggle at times as my back is hurting, but she is so good about it all. I’m wondering about acupuncture.

      We also had a beautiful day with 68˚ which is more like June than November.

      My Pats are hurting with the injuries they have had, but the Celtics are doing great despite the injury to what they were hoping would be a breakout star. He is probably out the whole season..


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