“Cats have it all – admiration, an endless sleep, and company only when they want it.”

My Patriots lost the game. It was heartbreaking. The game, however, was what a Super Bowl should be and was exciting the whole way through. Brady being stripped of the ball was the end of hope. I did wear my new sweatshirt, now relegated to the closet. It is time to bring out my Red Sox garb.

Today is sunny. It would be warm if not for the wind. The top branches of the backyard pines are swaying. I stood outside for a while when I got the papers. The air smelled fresh, even sweet. It was quiet.

Last night it poured. The rain pummeled the roof. I loved it. I even wished I had a tin roof so the sound could surround me the same way it did in Ghana. The rain dissolved the snow. Only the smallest of piles are on the street corners where the plows had left them. They’ll be gone today.

Maddie is sleeping on my sweatshirt on the den table. She followed me to the kitchen meowing at me while I put my coffee on. She wanted a treat. I gave her some roast beef. I think Maddie is deaf. Even when she is near me she never responds to my voice. I could chalk that up to a cat being a cat, but she used to come when I called. She is the soundest sleeper.

When I was in the second grade, I became a brownie. My mother bought me my one piece brown uniform and a darker brown beanie with a dancing brownie on the front. The gold brownie pin was attached to the pocket. I loved wearing that uniform and could even wear it to school instead of my regular uniform when I had a troop meeting. Lots of my friends were brownies too. We all stood taller in our uniforms. We learned to hold up three fingers and recite the brownie pledge. It was always recited with great solemnity. I don’t remember what we did at meetings, but I remember marching in the parade every Memorial Day. It was my proudest moment as a brownie. I also remember telling my parents that everyone was out of step but me.

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16 Comments on ““Cats have it all – admiration, an endless sleep, and company only when they want it.””

  1. olof1 Says:

    It’s a bummer when everyone is out of step but oneself šŸ™‚ šŸ™‚

    Nasty cold here this morning but slightly less cold tonight. In two days it’ll get warmer again so the yo-yo weather continues. I guess it’s best to just get used to it from now on since the climate behaves like it does.

    Most of my dogs have become death when they’ve gotten old, I guess it was hereditary since they all were family but I’m pretty sure that they before that just ignored me šŸ™‚ šŸ™‚ Albin is quite good at that and I’m very sure he can hear me very well šŸ™‚ šŸ™‚

    I can’t remember what we did when I was a scout but I do remember the scout cottage and how it looked in there šŸ™‚ It also smelled special, a mix of smoky clothes (we must have burned lots of things or perhaps grilled sausages a lot) and musty. I wonder if they ever opened the windows there šŸ™‚

    Have a great day!


    • katry Says:

      When my parents laughed, I had no idea why.

      We too are having yo-yo weather. It will be really cold tonight. The rest of the week will have 30’s during the day and 20’s at night. That is winter, but I still wish Old Man Winter would make up his mind.

      I loved the wood smell from the fire. It stayed on my clothes. The scout lodge smelled of wood when we went for overnights.

      Have a great evening and stay warm!

  2. Hedley Says:

    Football of the American kind finished for some of us on New Years Day. The Super Bowl held my attention to the very end and a big wave at Chrysler for their 4 ads.

    Spring training is around the corner and my Tigers aspire to mediocrity which they will not achieve. Gardenhire is the new manager and his comments and disposition might be better suited to selling hot dogs on a warm summer afternoon. He seems resigned to an annus horribilis. I am hoping that I am completely wrong and am regaling you with tales of Comerica Park but I don’t think so.

    My football is turning up a notch. Tottenham play their hated rivals next Saturday morning (a team so awful that I will not utter their name) and then travel on Tuesday to Turin to play Juventus. in the Champions League. This will pound on through the end of May, fold in to the World Cup in the land of the Putin and then back in to all football.

    I love the Olympics but not the 14 hour time difference – I don’t see much motivation to watch at some ridiculous hour or pick it up when the results are known. I am hardly likely to be watching the ice dancing unless its that couple from Michigan but I am good for a bit of curling.

    So to everyone in Pat Land, sorry that it didn’t happen, and to the Eagles faithful, such a long wait and truly earned.

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      I had hopes until the bitter end. I am not used to Brady being the reason for the loss. Chrysler is getting some heat for the ad with MLK’s voice.

      My Sox also have a new manager, Alex Cora, who once played for the Sox. He was well-liked by players and fans. I’m wishing the best for him, a World Series berth.

      You are lucky that your football season is in full swing. You are also lucky in the successes of Coffee’s favorite club, Tottenham. Enjoy!

      I will watch the skating as there are athletes I really want to see. Some sports don’t interest me at all. I have been a night owl of late so maybe I can catch some live events.

      It was the Eagles’ time. I understand waiting and hoping.

  3. sprite Says:

    I was thinking of you last night when I heard the results of the game.

  4. Coleen Says:

    Hi Kat!

    I felt bad for the Pat’s loss, in a way. Mostly because I felt bad for you. It was a great game.

    My Mets will probably do blah this year…but I still love the day when pitchers and catchers report. Something to be said for the start of spring…

    My time in Scouting was fun…I don’t care how broke I might be – – if I am asked, I always buy a box, It’s about the bigger picture.



    • katry Says:

      Hi Coleen,
      It was a really good game befitting the two best teams in the NFL.I do wish the ending had been different.

      The Red Sox trucks left today, the first sign of spring. I do love baseball.

      I was a Girl Scout for a long time, even got my 10 year pin. I also always buy cookies for their sake and mine!

      Waving back.

  5. Bob Says:

    The great coaches like Tom Landry and Vince Lombardi knew that in the end defenses win football games. Philadelphia couldn’t get to Brady until it counted and Nick Foles just kept them in the game. It was the first Super a Bowl in a long time where the game was better than the commercials. šŸ™‚

    I was not a very good Boy Scout because even as a kid I thought Motel Six is roughing it. Like you I was intrigued with the uniform. šŸ™‚

    Yesterday was shirt sleeve weather and this morning the temperature was 28 degrees after the cold front moved through.

    • katry Says:

      At the start the Pat’s defense was awful. They left open lanes all over the place. Brady was protected and was able to take his time to pass except for that last one which was painful, a knife to the heart.

      I was a Girl Scout after being a brownie. I really enjoyed scouting and even went to camp one year. I didn’t mind roughing.

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