“To this day, I have the most fond memories of some of my old toys.”

Henry woke me up at 8:30. I knew he wanted to go out. When I got out of bed, I ran downstairs without slippers and without wearing my sweatshirt. I was cold. The house was cold. It was only 63˚. I turned on the heat and went back to bed hoping it would still be warm. It was. I fell back to sleep cozy under my comforter. Henry joined me at some time, and we both slept until 10:30. I had been up late or early I ever know which. It was three when I went to bed.

I am going nowhere today. I won’t even get dressed. I need to fill the bird feeders and water the inside plants. The laundry is still in the hall. Every day I say I’ll do the laundry, and every day I don’t.

The sun keeps coming and going. Clouds take its place. They seem to be winning. More rain is coming tomorrow.

My Red Sox got trounced last night.

When I was a kid, I never cared much about the weather, but there were a few exceptions. I never wanted rain on Halloween. It would have ruined everything. I wanted it to snow on Christmas Eve, the most magical of all nights. I wanted to look out the picture window and watch the snow fall under the streetlight in front of my house. July 4th needed to be sunny but not hot. As for the rest of the holidays, I didn’t care. The weather made no difference in the celebrations.

Most of my childhood toys were simple. I loved my slinky and used to watch it go downstairs. It was metal which created a problem if one of the loops got bent. I had a Ginny doll. She had clothes and furniture. She and I played together often. I’d dress and redress her. When I was done playing, I’d put her in pajamas and put her to bed. The bed was wooden and was pink. I even had a wardrobe for her clothes. I think Ginny was the last doll I ever played with. I still have an old Ginny doll. I even have a Slinky.

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8 Comments on ““To this day, I have the most fond memories of some of my old toys.””

  1. Bob Says:

    “The only difference between men and boys is the cost of their toys”. When I was a kid my Lionel electric trains was my favorite toy. When my father moved my sister and I to NYC he threw away the trains. In his later years I never let him forget how much money those trains were worth along with the baseball cards. πŸ™‚

    I can’t remember how many different slinky toys I had. I never tired of making them walk down stairs and go back and forth between the palms of my hands. Part of the success of the movie “Toy Story” was the nostalgia among the baby boomer generation. I wonder how many eight year olds know what is a “Mister Potato Head”. πŸ™ Of course, they will Google it on their iPhone. πŸ™‚

    Today turned out sunny with a high temperature of 80 degrees. Tonight the rain is forecast to rain as the cold front passes and drops the high temperature tomorrow to the 50s. I dislike winter weather and probably should have moved to Hawaii and became a beach bum. πŸ™‚ Naw, I don’t like the beach that much, just the mild weather all year long.

    • katry Says:

      Bob,
      The 50’s is late fall weather here, not even close to winter. My sister in Colorado is getting 3-5 inches of snow, and the temperature is down to the teens. Now that’s winter.

      Now you can buy plastic Slinkys in a variety of colors. They are great stocking stuffers. I remember when you used a real potato and you bought the plastic pieces for Mr. Potato Head.

      I too would’ve been angry if my train set had been tossed out. Depending on the player, baseball cards can also be worth big bucks.

      • Bob Says:

        With that kind of weather you know why Colorado legalized recreational marijuana. πŸ™‚ Might as well get a real Rocky Mountain high especially in winter. πŸ™‚

      • katry Says:

        My sister was going to have her gummies, her laced gummies.

  2. Hedley Says:

    Hi Kat, The Prince’s Uncle, Eric 72 strolls in to Pat world for a prime time encounter with your New England Team. With the Chiefs unbeaten, it should be a terrific game tonight

    Meanwhile, ex Tiger David, 0-9 6.00+ ERA in the post season, Price slings it for your Red Soxat the same time

    Are you going picture in a picture? Two TVs ? rapid remote ? A lot of sports for you this evening.

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      My remote finger will have quite the workout as I go from channel to channel, from basketball to football. I’ll keep my eye on Eric.

      The expectations for Price are so low they are almost non-existent. We all know he hasn’t won a single game in the post season.

  3. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    I still have a metal Slinky. I got it while I was still working. I used to sit at my desk and play with it while I was doing personnel assignments, annual reviews or reading stupid emails. It was my fidget spinner/anti stress tool. One morning, just after start of shift, I was in my cubicle, slinking away in front of my monitor when I heard one of my team say “It must be really bad. She’s already playing with her Slinky”. I laughed.

    Today is dreary. Dark and cold and sometimes rainy. We’re all on the couch doing nothing. I need to go out and get some food and I’ve been indulging in what animal behavioralists call “displacement activities” for the past two hours because I don’t want to go out. Time to suck it up and do the thing.

    Enjoy the day.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      I also have a metal Slinky,but I had a couple of plastic ones on my desk. The kids would play with them while we chatted about missing class or being tossed from class. It made the kids more likely to cooperate and less angry.

      I would have stayed home except I needed animal food. If it had been people food, I would have found something to eat like eggs, but Henry wants his canned food. Treating myself to lunch made it more palatable that I was out in the rain.

      Have a great evening!


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