“A grasshopper jumps into it: the summer dusk.”

Today is another glorious day of sunshine and no humidity. I’m glad I shut the windows downstairs last night as the house was chilly, still is. This morning has been frustrating. My cable box is frozen on a welcome screen. It was the same yesterday as well, but the technician I spoke to fixed it. He and I also had a wonderful conversation about regional dialects and music. He is partial to bluegrass. I wish I knew how to connect to him again as each new Comcast tech I spoke to this morning couldn’t fix the frozen box. The last one, supposedly an upper level problem solving tech, booked an appointment for someone to come to the house on the 13th. That would be no TV until then, no baseball until then and no news until then though that last one may be a blessing.

I have checked my calendar and other than a library board meeting Tuesday morning and a play Friday evening my week is free. That means I get to loll about on the deck. I might get dressed or I might not depending on my mood.

When I was a kid, I don’t remember any day of doing nothing on purpose. Every summer day was filled. I remember being in the woods and spreading out a blanket under the trees and eating the lunch I’d packed and pretending to be camping. Catching grasshoppers in the field was another way to spend a summer afternoon. I’d have my jar in one hand and its cover filled with holes in the other hand. I’d catch a grasshopper with the jar and put the top on lickey split before the grasshopper could jump out. I’d try to catch as many as I could without losing a single jumper out of the jar. I always let the grasshoppers go.

I remember how grasshoppers jumped up and down in front of me as I walked. I remember the chirping sounds they made. I don’t see grasshoppers anymore.

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8 Comments on ““A grasshopper jumps into it: the summer dusk.””

  1. olof1 Says:

    We’ve had the same kind of day over here, just wonderful and the morning was chilly too and it took a few hours before it was warm again. I had my windows open on the bottom floor though and for a while I did think of putting on a sweater 🙂

    We did plan some days if it was something we would do some distance from home, otherwise we just let things happen as they came. It all depended on the weather of course but quite often we went fishing and yes we caught grasshoppers too 🙂 I do see them every summer day though 🙂

    Have a great day!


    • katry Says:

      My feet got cold today. I never did need to open any windows as the house stayed cool all day with the two doors open.

      I don’t remember idle days in the summer, even when it rained. My brother often went fishing, but I only went once in a while. The fishing hole was in the next town so we had go on bikes.

      I am not by any fields where there might be grasshoppers. It used to be fun trying to catch them.

      Have a great day!

  2. flyboybob Says:

    I know how frustrating it is to be at the mercy of the cable TV company. Recently my wife bought an indoor antenna for our living room TV and we haven’t hooked it up yet. We have had too many other family distractions in our lives to worry about trying to capture quality over the air TV. Although my condo is on the second floor, we live in an area that makes over the air reception difficult. When things calm down I will hook up the antenna and see if it’s worth cutting the cable cord and just buying internet service. With the recent court decision to allow AT&T to merge with Time Warner I’m sure just buying high speed internet service alone will not be cheap.

    When I was a kid my parents would take us on road trips and I remember the windshield and the front of the car would be covered with dead bugs. Turning on the windshield wipers only smeared around the mess, even using the windshield washer made it impossible to have any forward visibility. My dad would stop at a gas station and buy a bottle of Coke which he poured on the windshield which worked better than plain water in cleaning the bugs off the glass. Even today I wonder what that can of Diet Coke is doing to my insides if it could clean off a bug stained windshield.

    I don’t understand why today when we drive on the highways in the summer we don’t seem to be killing many bugs. Have we changed the environment so much that the bug population has been drastically reduced? I used to hear the sounds of grasshoppers and cicadas at night but now that sound is surprisingly gone. I have read articles about the disease that is affecting bees and how much of our food supply would be affected if bees become extinct. Much of our produce is pollenated by bees.

    Today has been another humid and warm, 93 degrees, day. I’m looking forward to going back to work tomorrow because it’s too easy for me to sit on the sofa and just veg out. If I’m physically and mentally able to go to work I will not retire full time.

    • katry Says:

      Down here on the cape, an antenna doesn’t do much, gets very few stations. Cable is essential if you want to watch anything. I don’t have many distractions. My life is pretty simple.

      I don’t remember a bug covered windshield as we also went on family road trips. In Africa, when I was on my motorcycle, I’d get hit by a bug and if I wasn’t careful, I could swallow one. Those bugs hurt.

      I still hear cicadas at night and in the spring one of my favorite sounds is when the peepers start. I hear insect sounds all the time, even now. I usually have bird poop on my car, not dead insects. I don’t know where they are either.

      Today has stayed beautiful.

      • Bob Says:

        Of course you didn’t travel through the south where agriculture was the primary economic lifestyle. The difference in numbers of bugs could be that in the 1950s most of the highways were two lane roads with smaller shoulders which were much closer to the fields than the interstate freeways that followed.

        The major cable TV providers such as AT&T are trying to move their customers to satellite TV. Verizon, who spent a ton of money laying fiber optic cable all over the place, has sold their cable service to Frontier Communications and moved to wireless. Time Warner cable, our other cable choice in Dallas has sold to Spectum. Our condo rules prevent us from getting Dish, so it’s a choice between AT&T, Spectrum or over the air.

      • katry Says:

        I have never traveled through the south. The travel through Ghana was on a two lane highway of sorts. There were villages on each side then there was savannah grassland. Bugs are supreme there. Here on the cape there are still bugs as there is still quite a bit of virgin land.

        My choice is Dish, Direct TV or Comcast.

  3. Birgit Says:

    Today I saw the first European ladybug (the ones with ~7 spots) in a long time in my garden. The Asian ladybugs (many spots) took over but they are also rare now. We already lost 75-80% of our insects during the last ~30 years. Bad agriculture politics for decades and no hope for a change, Germany often ignores and even sabotages EU improvements.
    Some little green grasshoppers live in my garden but I rarely see the big normal ones in the wild. I can’t hear most of them anymore since my teens so it’s difficult to find them anyway.

    • katry Says:

      Seldom see a lady bug. It was the same when I was a kid. I didn’t know there were kinds of lady bugs.

      Where there are houses around here means some fields were destroyed to make way. The cape, though, has several conservation areas with fields and wood voted for and secured by the towns. Insects abound in the fields.

      My yard has fireflies. I like to follow one to see where it goes.

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