“The Sun will rise and set regardless. What we choose to do with the light while it’s here is up to us. Journey wisely.”

The sun is bright, and the day is pretty, but it’s chilly. It will be in the low 50’s today and down to the 30’s tonight, but that seems just about right for this time of year. More of the oak leaves have turned yellow. The deck plants have died, victims of the cold nights. I brought in the two lavender plants. They would have survived, but I wanted their sweet smell inside to remind me of summer.

Henry made it to the vets yesterday to have his nails trimmed. Getting him to the car wasn’t easy. I had opened the door before hand, but he wouldn’t jump in so I had to lift him and then shut the door quickly before he escaped. In the parking lot at the vets I had to grab him before he took off after I’d opened the door. He shook while we waited so I kept patting him and trying to reassure him. I had to walk with him to an exam room so they could take him out back. When they brought him out, he had his halter on and a Red Sox bandana. The tech with him kept patting and talking to him. He seemed fine and getting him into the car was easy. He made it going and coming without any accidents in the car. The trip was a success.

When I was a kid, our dog Duke wandered all over town. There were no leash laws back then. One time he followed my grandmother into Woolworth’s and lifted his leg on the comics. She denied knowing him. He followed me to school several times. I didn’t try to stop him though my father did. He’d jump into the car and chase Duke down, but Duke would never get in the car. He made my father furious. My mother used to try to tempt him back inside. She’d call him and wave a piece of bologna. He’d run up to her and eat the bologna except for a small piece he’d leave her holding. Duke was cagey.

The sun has disappeared and clouds have taken its place. My pretty day is gone, and I figure it will get colder without the light. I was going to go out and about, but outside isn’t all that enticing anymore. I wanted the sun in my eyes.

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14 Comments on ““The Sun will rise and set regardless. What we choose to do with the light while it’s here is up to us. Journey wisely.””

  1. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    Our dog Duke didn’t wander around much. He stayed on the street except to walk up the dirt road to scrounge hamburger from the neighbor or whenever my father told him to go find one of us. We knew when Dukey showed up that we were wanted home but we didn’t always comply right away. He was a smart dog but he wasn’t Lassie and didn’t have her communication skills. 😀

    My dogs have always loved to ride in the car. Tegan would jump in anyone’s car for a ride. Rocky likes to ride shotgun on the console and watch the world go by. Piki Dog doesn’t enjoy riding in the car but he must have whatever Rocky has so he’s up on the console, too. He lies down underneath Rocky and stares into the cupholder for the entire time. He’s always the first to get out when the ride is done.

    The day started out beautifully. I went to vote and then came back to shovel more walnuts off the lawn. Now it’s cloudy and kind of cold outside. Time for some hot refrigerator soup.

    Enjoy the day.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      My parents had a dog named Beebe, the sweetest of all dogs. She loved car rides, and if she heard my keys, I have to take her around the block. She never wandered and used to lie on the front lawn of my parents’ house. The dog officer picked her up from the lawn and my father was furious. He tried to break her free but didn’t succeed.

      Gracie always had her front feet on the console. She loved the car and in the winter came with me all the time. I’m hoping Henry will come to love the car. Right now I am afraid to leave him alone in the car as he gets nervous and frightened.

      The day stayed ugly. Once the sun was gone, it never reappeared. It is getting really cold right now.

      Have a wonderful evening!

  2. Birgit Says:

    I’m glad to read that Henry survived 🙂
    Next step: his Halloween costume?
    I’ve bought some candies for Halloween and realized later that nobody will be at home when kids might come. No reason to wait until tomorrow to eat chocolate candies. I will try out your pumpkin recipe on Thursday which is a holiday.
    Wet stuff from above the whole day long, I think it’s called rain. I won’t complain, we need it.

    • katry Says:

      Birgit,
      I will give that Halloween costume a try. I’ll have to corner him to get it on him. I really hope I can get a picture of the giant squirrel.

      That pumpkin recipe was even better the second day when I had it as a leftover. I would make it again as it was so delicious.

      I have regular size candy bars. The kids always get excited to see them instead of the mini-bars.

      The day will be wonderful tomorrow. There is a duck boat parade tomorrow morning through the city with the Red Sox on board. It is a tradition whenever any Massachusetts team wins a championship. Tomorrow night is Halloween, and the weather will be just fine for trick or treaters.

  3. Hedley Says:

    I was chugging along listening to MSNBC on Sirius radio, and they cut away to the commercials which included the announcement that Christmas/Holiday songs begin on Thursday at 12 noon on 15 stations

    I am super solid with Mrs MDH….bring it

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      I love Christmas music, and it is not usually played long enough. Now I’d want Sirius just to hear the Christmas songs.

      I have logged in the gifts I’ve bought once, and I have so many more to mark down plus I have just ordered Red Sox championship shirts for the grandnephews. My sister ordered them hats.

      I love to find just the right gifts.

      Kudos on Mrs. MDH!!

      • Hedley Says:

        Kat,
        Advent box is done and wrapped..12 doors for her entertainment. Now I have to fill the Christmas sack but have very solid plans

      • katry Says:

        For my mother’s what was her last Christmas, I filled every door with a small gift. I also wrapped every gift. She loved it.

        I have bought many of the major presents so I’m in good shape for this early.

  4. Bob Cohen Says:

    Today started out partly sunny but by lunchtime the clouds begin to roll in anticipation of another rainy day tomorrow. The low 80s that we had today will be replaced by cooler weather by morning.

    We used to cut our greyhound’s nail ourselves. The dogs howled like we were killing them and eventually we just took them to the vet out of guilt. 🙂

    It’s much too early for Christmas music. Not that I don’t like it, but it reminds me that the year is ending sooner than I planned and there are several things I need to accomplish before New Years. Time flies when having fun.

    • katry Says:

      Bob,
      It stayed cloudy all day. It started getting cold by the afternoon. It will be a night to snuggle under the covers.

      Henry is nervous about so many things. He is getting better, but he moves too much for me to cut his nails. Besides, I wanted get him in the car.

      I start playing it after Thanksgiving. I listen to it in the car. I’m fine with the year coming to a close.

  5. Rowen Says:

    Congratulations on the Henry victory.

    • katry Says:

      Thanks, Owen

      There was one glitch. He chewed through his halter during the night. He is 2 for 2 in destroying his halters, but he needs one as I am afraid he’ll get out of his collar. I got another halter-they are guaranteed for life.


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