“Is the spring coming?” he said. “What is it like?”… “It is the sun shining on the rain and the rain falling on the sunshine…”

This morning I had a home visit from a woman and her boxer.  She was from Boxer Rescue and was checking to make sure both my house and I were perfect for one of their rescue dogs. We are now on the list for a dog. She said puppies were coming from Puerto Rico, and I was going to get one. Her two boxers had also come from Puerto Rico. I had put Maddie in her crate because of the dog but it didn’t lock it so Maddie came sauntering out, looked at the dog and just kept walking. That was perfect. Even Maddie passed the dog test.

Today is a beautiful day with lots of sun. It is a bit chilly but warmer than it has been. I think that winter makes the coming of spring all that more delightful. The first warm days pull us all outside to have a bit of sun on our faces. We exult in the changing of the seasons. About this time of year when I was a kid, I got rid of winter and wore my spring jacket. I never admitted how cold I was.

I finally got to that wash  from a few weeks back. I had moved it to the cellar thinking out of sight out of mind, but I couldn’t take it any longer. I needed some off those clothes. It was three full loads with lots of sweatshirts and flannel pants, my stay at home outfits; however, with my bad arm, I couldn’t move anything upstairs. All that laundry is sitting in the basket in the cellar. I’ll ask Leandro, half of my cleaning couple, to bring it upstairs when he comes on Thursday. Until then, the cellar will be the annex for my closet and bureau, and I’ll got down and pick from the pile.

When I only had a little money, I used to buy comic books at the 5&10 or at the drug store. Each had racks of comics in the fronts of their stores. Classics Illustrated were the best comics of them all. They had these great covers, and inside, I got glimpses of novels I couldn’t wait to read. I knew all about Moby Dick before I even turned the first page. I had seen all the action in the panels of my Classics Illustrated which left out the boring part, the chapters in the middle about the kinds of whales. I read Hamlet and Les Miserables, both in easy to understand English. Kidnapped was another favorite comic of mine, and it led me to read the book. A few years ago, in her stocking, I gave my sister the Classic illustrated Treasure island, one of her favorite books. Of course, I read it first.

I have a few errands today, but I don’t mind. I love riding in the car on a sunny winter’s day. It seems to lift my spirits above the cold and thoughts of snow.

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21 Comments on ““Is the spring coming?” he said. “What is it like?”… “It is the sun shining on the rain and the rain falling on the sunshine…””

  1. Bob Says:

    Glad to hear that you a. Re going to rescue a dog. For me that’s the only way to get a dog, unless you plan on showing and breeding them. If you adopt a puppy from Puerto Rico will you have to learn Spanish? 🙂

    I’m still in Canada since my flight to DC with a connection to Dallas was cancelled last night. My new flight won’t depart until 6:30 PM. The hotel gave me a late checkout. Here you have to arrive at least 2 hours or more early to clear US immigration and customs before departing Canada.

    The weather here today is 21 degrees with cloudy skies and a chance of light snow later.

    When I was a kid my allowance allowed me to ride my bike to the drug store and buy a couple of comics. I read Superman and Classic comics until I discovered paperback books a few years later. Comic books were my first encounter with the womder of reading for pleasure.

    • katry Says:

      Bob,
      I’m excited about the dog. Now I’ll be impatient knowing one is coming.

      I never knew you had to go through US customs while still in Canada. I can see customs if entering the US but not in leaving Canada. The only country which made me go through customs before I left was Russia.

      It is only 37˚here right now. By the middle of the week it should reach 60˚, but snow is predicted tonight. The weather is really crazy.

      I found books first. I could buy one for 49 cents. It was a great deal. I did buy comics, and I really enjoyed them.

      • Bob Says:

        It’s called pre-clearance. All the Canadian airports have pre-clearance as well as Shannon Ireland. British Airways has a flight from JFK to London City Airport which is an Airbus A319 with only 50 first class seats. It’s a specially modified airplane to be able to make the steep approach to London City which is located in the financial district. The return flight can’t depart the short runway with enough fuel to go across the pond so they stop in Shannon where the passengers clear US boarder and customs while they refuel the airplane and the. It becomes a domestic arrival at JFK. It’s a very expensive flight.

        The U.S. wants to install a pre-clearance in Abu Dhabi to screen for terrorists before they board the aircraft and do have to be shipped back if they can’t enter the U.S.

      • Bob Says:

        I’m BTW are you getting a male or a female sport model?

      • katry Says:

        Bob,
        I understand why that is an expensive flight. I didn’t know there was a way to go from London City Airport. First class is way too expensive except I think it is the only way not go on long flights like the to Ghana, 10 3/4 hours.

        Fifteen of the 19 terrorists were from Saudi Arabia. I would think that a better choice than Abu Dhabi.

      • katry Says:

        Bob,
        It is the luck of the draw with the sex.

  2. olof1 Says:

    Great that You’re getting a new puppy 🙂

    I bought lots of comic books, mostly Gaston, Tintin and Asterix and Obelix, mostly unknown in the US I guess but they have always been big over here. I can’t remember ever seeing anything like Classic comics though.I also “inherited” lots of comic books from older kids that lived in our apartment building and those were mostly super hero comics.

    Grey all day here but above 32F and wind free so it was quite nice to be outside. We’ll get more snow tomorrow night and on Monday. Spring is far away yet here.

    Have a great day!

    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      I am so excited about getting a dog.The house is so empty.

      You’re right about those comics not being here. Last Halloween one of the kids was dressed as Tintin. I didn’t recognize who he was and had to ask.

      It stayed in the 30’s today and the cold will continue. We will have snow tomorrow. They just don’t know how much. February can be a fierce month,

      Have a great day!

  3. greg washington Says:

    best news ever!!!

  4. Birgit Says:

    I know you love boxers -great dogs- but, really, a boxer again? And even a young playful one which will have a lot of power? To be honest, I worry about your (bad) back and remember you wrote that you shouldn’t carry anything heavier than a phonebook according to your doctor. A wrong move, another fall,… – what happens when your back gets damaged even more? Unfortunately even modern medicine can’t do wonders. [Just thinking and worrying about you, I’m sorry if this sounds harsh to you.]

    • katry Says:

      Birgit,
      I can’t imagine having another sort of dog. With Gracie, I didn’t have back problems. She was great on a leash. I did have a few problems when her back legs went wobbly as I had to help her into the car, and it did hurt so I got the lift and that solved the problem.

      I appreciate you!!

  5. Caryn O'Keefe Says:

    Hi Kat,
    Yay! A new puppy. A sato from P.R., too. Not technically a sato maybe but a sato in spirit and that’s what counts. I’m so excited for you.
    And a big yay for Maddie for taking the visiting canine in stride. May she be as tolerant of a new, younger fur sibling.

    I didn’t buy comic books as a kid. No money. When I got money, I bought actual books. I vaguely remember some of those classic books were done in an abridged and illustrated version for kids. I think I didn’t read any of them. Mostly I read The Bobbsey Twins, Hardy Boys, Nancy Drew, and the We Were There series of historical fiction novels. Oh, and the Walter Farley books; The Black Stallion and its sequels.
    I didn’t read Moby Dick until I was quite old and I’ve read it twice. Skimmed a lot. Not the parts about the whales; just the boring philosophical whiny bits and that sentence that goes on for a couple of pages. 🙂

    The day started out bright, clear, and cold. As it went on, the clouds moved in. As I was leaving the grocery store a couple of hours ago, I thought I saw a snow flake. Only one. When I saw no more I decided it must have been a feather from the English sparrow nests in the store’s signage on the roof.

    Enjoy the day.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      Boxer Rescue has had other dogs from P.R. The boxer I met today had come from there. They’re expecting more but don’t know exactly when. Joy, who checked out the house today, said they are also taking in 7 boxers: 5 puppies and their parents as the lady who has them is very ill from cancer.

      I was youngish when I bought Classics Illustrated. They were well done and made me want to read the actual novels. I read all the same books you did but I haven’t ever heard of the We Were There series. I also read Donna Parker and Trixie Belden. I really liked Moby Dick and read all of it including the boring parts. They took a while to plow through.

      We had no clouds but it stayed cold all day. When I got home from my errands, I was cold.It took a while until I got warm.

      Have a great evening!

    • Bob Says:

      I read Moby Dick as a kid. I read the sentence “My name is Ishmail” then put the book down and watched the movie. 🙂

  6. sprite Says:

    Oh, what wonderful news! Congratulations!!!


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