“The ballpark is the star. Fenway Park works. It works as a symbol of New England’s pride, as a repository of evergreen hopes, as a tabernacle of lost innocence. It works as a place to watch baseball.”

The clouds and dampness seem to have entrenched themselves. The sun did appear for a bit yesterday but I think it was a tease. The cold weather starts today and tonight will be in the 40’s. I’m wearing my sweat shirt and flannels.

When I was a kid, I wore flannel pajamas and slipper socks. I loved those slippers. They were warm, and if I dragged my feet, they made noise. I got a new pair every Christmas. I still have a pair.

I stopped wearing pajamas a long time ago. I wear a t-shirt and cotton around the house pants in summer and a t-shirt and flannels in winter. I add a sweatshirt on really cold days. Today I’m wearing my Red Sox sweatshirt in honor of the day. The first game in the ALCS is tonight at Fenway. My allegiance to the hometown team is never in question.

Maddie’s head is always wet. Henry is forever licking her and nibbling on her ears. The cat doesn’t mind. She stands there or weaves in and out of Henry’s legs.

Yesterday I went through all the stuff I’ve already bought for Christmas. I put the gifts in individual bags and made a list. I was surprised by how much I have for some and how little for others. Everyone gets a new ornament, and I have almost none of those. The grand nephews and niece get new toothbrushes, a tradition started when their parents were young, and I have none of those either. I also need to hit the bookstore for Christmas books. I shop all year so many of the gifts are fun, even different. I love finding the unexpected.

It has started raining. Henry just came inside, and he is wet, but he dries quickly.

The weekend will be quiet. I don’t even have a dance card. I do have two cans of pumpkin and a bunch of recipes for pumpkin. I haven’t baked in a while so it’s time. My baking pans are outside in a waterproof box. I ran out of cabinet space. I call that box my pantry.

I’m hankering for Thai food.

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12 Comments on ““The ballpark is the star. Fenway Park works. It works as a symbol of New England’s pride, as a repository of evergreen hopes, as a tabernacle of lost innocence. It works as a place to watch baseball.””

  1. Bob Says:

    We’ve just had a break in the rain. This is one of the few weekend days that I have no reason nor desire to do anything including changing out of my pajamas. 🙂 I didn’t even get up until almost ten.

    Good luck to the Red Sox. The Astros are the current champions and still a viable threat to repeat.

    • katry Says:

      I went out and did a couple of errands. It was raining but not enough to keep me inside the house. I even went to the dump as it rained most of yesterday so I couldn’t go.

      The Astros will be tough to beat. The teams are well matched except the Astros have a far better bullpen.

  2. Hedley Says:

    Verlander it is. The box scores are of interest with so many ex Tigers on both teams. Justin was nothing but a credit to our team and to the City. The Hall of Fame awaits, and I wish him nothing but success.

    Good luck in the series Kat,

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      Thanks for the good luck. The Astros have a far better bull pen though we are matched well in other areas. Verlander will be tough to beat. The bats better be hot especially Mookie Betts who hasn’t hit much in the post season. Then there’s David Price who can’t win a game in the post.

  3. Birgit Says:

    Christmas??? 30°C / 86°F in my garden today! (Warmer than Texas?!?) I wore a top and shorts today. Barefooted anyway. Crazy but nice weather.
    One of our best singer-songwriter was in town today so we had to go. Think of Tom Waits in German and partly political and funny. A nice and intimate concert because half of the nation was watching soccer. We lost. No problem, my second favorite national team won 3-0. Afterwards a nice walk under a starry sky in the suburb where I grew up because we had to wait for the next tram to take us home anyway.
    Good Red Socks luck!

    • katry Says:

      My sister is suffering through winter weather. It has already snowed there, not unusual in October.

      I shop all year for Christmas starting with after Christmas sales. I just left all my purchases in the guest room in a pile so it was time to sort. I was glad to finish. I have traditional gifts I have been giving for years to my niece and nephews and now I give them to their kids, gifts like ornaments, books, toothbrushes, and a gingerbread house to construct. That all takes time so I have to start early.

    • Hedley Says:

      Birgit I am in full Christmas mode. Have to get Mrs MDH covered.

      Germany got hammered and so did the Red Sox. Oh well

      Playing the John Lennon Imagine Boxset, an awful lot to unpack.

  4. olof1 Says:

    The nice weather will continue here for at least two more days and I will enjoy them to the fullest 🙂 last night was as warm as it was during the heatwave and for once I didn’t mind even if I normally really dislikes warm nights.

    I think You’re the only one I know that gives toothbrushes as christmas gifts 🙂 🙂 We don’t give christmas gifts any more but I do make my christmas cards. They mustn’t remind anything about christmas and back in the days I tried to find fun motifs but that’s harder when living at the outskirts of the world, in big cities one can find odd and fun things everywhere 🙂

    Have a great day!


    • katry Says:

      My heat is on.It got cold last night and will stay the same all week. I guess we have tore glad for those warm days earlier.

      I give the kids bags filled with a bunch of gifts including toothbrushes. I gave their parents new toothbrushes so I give them to the kids. They are always special. Last year there was a Star Wars, a Spiderman and a couple of other superheroes.

      I like shopping for unusual gifts. The guys do get shirts but also a few other fun gifts.My niece’s husband is the only one in the family without a stocking. I gave my niece and her three boys their stocking. I just had one knitted for Jason.

      Have a great day!

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