“My dog is half pit-bull, half poodle. Not much of a watchdog, but a vicious gossip.”

Last night, I spent the evening in a time capsule talking on the phone with a long time friend. We met in the first grade, Sister Redempta’s room, and spent all of elementary school and most of high school together. He lives in Florida now. A while back we reconnected on Facebook. During our late night conversation, a marathon conversation, we talked about our common history, childhood friends, music, books and our lives in between then and now. We talked together from 12:30 until 3; consequently, I slept until 11. It was the most amazing conversation.

Today is dark and rainy. It is warm despite the dampness. Henry has been in and out several times. I have a to do list, as usual, but it is all inside. Laundry is on the list, no surprise there. The basket has finally made it to this floor. I have some plants to repot, bills to pay and valentines to send. I may even make cookies. I bought the ingredients yesterday at stop 2, the grocery store. Stop 1 was the dump, 3 Agway and 4 the candy store for Valentine’s Day chocolates. I was busy.

I am safe from the rocking chair. Henry knocked a pillow off my bed which hit the chair and made it rock. He jumped up and growled. That chair won’t dare move again.

My cleaning couple is here. I had to turn up the TV to hear it above the vacuuming. Oh, how I suffer. Henry shook when Lee tried to pat him so Henry is now sitting right beside for his protection, not mine. I guess I’ll have to be more social for Henry’s sake. He needs to meet more loving people.

I track the mileage on my car each week, not for any mechanical purposes, but to see my activity for the week. Last week, during the Polar Vortex, I went 8 miles. This week I have gone 12. My car will last forever.

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8 Comments on ““My dog is half pit-bull, half poodle. Not much of a watchdog, but a vicious gossip.””

  1. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    Your mileage sounds much like mine. I don’t track it but I did notice that my gasoline credit card bill for the first complete month after I retired dropped by about 75%. It’s stayed around that level ever since.

    Good dog, Henry, for protecting you from the evil rocking chair.

    Piki Dog is not too fond of people but Rocky LOVES people. When people are making a fuss over Rocky because he’s so cute and friendly, Piki Dog suddenly decides that he, too, LOVES people. He doesn’t. He just doesn’t want to miss out on whatever it is that Rocky is getting.

    It’s dismal and damp up here. It looked like the sun was trying to brighten the skies but it gave up after a few minutes.

    Enjoy the evening.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      I am quite content to stay home so a full tank seems to last forever. I usually wait until I have several errands before I go out then I plan my stops. Yesterday It was a circle. It took close to an hour.

      Henry protects me from cars across the street when he hears the doors shut and also when he hears a car go down the street. He is quite the darker.

      Henry was actually shaking today when Lee approached him. He pressed tightly next to me. Lee loves dogs and was speaking gently, but Henry would have no part of it.

      Dismal here all day as well. It is getting chilly.

      Have a great day!

      • Caryn Says:

        You might have better success with Henry if you had the person sit on the floor with “high value treats”. Gently toss the treats but don’t interact with Henry otherwise until Henry decides it’s okay. If he decides it’s okay. Otherwise, I got nuthin’ as the saying goes and a good dog behavioralist might be in order.

      • katry Says:

        Thanks, Caryn

        Henry has no problem accepting treats from Lee’s hand. He even reaches over to take it, but I like the idea of having Lee sit on the floor. That puts him at Henry’s level.

        I’m thinking that a behavioralist might be a bit expensive. I need. people to come to visit more often than Lee coming every two weeks.

        Have a good afternoon!

  2. Birgit Says:

    More than 200 miles tomorrow by tram, train and bus, we’ll sing in the Netherlands, unfortunately hardly any time for sightseeing. I will listen to your music when I’m back home, I’ll have to get some sleep now. Henry has a great taste in music 🙂

    • katry Says:

      Hi Birgit,
      I hope your trip is fun and your music memorable.

      Traveling does take a lot out of people especially a long trip over land.

      Henry and I were quite surprised at how much our music tastes overlapped.

      Have a great trip!

  3. Bob Cohen Says:

    This morning the cold front arrived with temperature in the mid 30s and a gusty northwest wind. It’s a relief from heat and humidity of the last three days. Our condo board refused to turn on the AC to save money or just being mean and we suffered with fans.

    Although you don’t drive much you should have your oil and filter changed annually even if the maintenance minder hasn’t indicated the need for an oil change. Modern synthetic motor oil remains able to lubricant but it contains chemicals that prevent corrosion and other additives that break down over time. Also, you should replace your tires after ten years regardless of the remaining tread depth. The rubber compounds in the tires begin to breakdown and weaken the tire over time even if you don’t drive a mile.

    Owing a car costs money just sitting in your garage. 🙂

    • katry Says:

      Bob,
      We were at 37˚ and it felt warm with no breeze, but I only did a quick in and out earlier for the papers.

      I have my oil changed more frequently than annually, every four or five months just to keep the motor healthy. Last oil change I also ought two new tires. The mechanic said I needed the new ones. I usually go to the dealer for my work.


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