“Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?”

“Oh what a beautiful morning, Oh what a beautiful day…” If I could sing, that would be my song. The sun is shining, the sky is a Crayola true blue and there is a wonderful breeze. It’s a perfect summer day.

When I was a kid, I loved summer, not just because school was out but because summer meant endless possibilities. My bike was like a magic carpet ride as it took me everywhere I wanted to go. I’d fill my bike’s basket with books from the library, and I remember when I hit a bump, the books bounced and even fell out of the basket. I loved going down hills with the feel of the wind in my face and my hair blowing. Sometimes I just rode with no destination in mind.

My bike had pedal brakes. I’d apply the brakes as hard as I could so I’d slide in sand to make a swirling tire print. I’d ride with no hands on the handle bars and try to keep the bike balanced as far as I could. I hoped people would notice my feat.

Getting my bike in and out of the cellar was never easy as a concrete wall faced the cellar door with little room between them. I used to lift my bike and roll it by its back wheels to get it up the stairs. Once it was out, I didn’t put it away. My father hated that. He wanted our bikes in the cellar when we didn’t use them. I guess it was because we’d just leave them wherever in the backyard. I’d use my kickstand most times so my bike was left by the clothesline. Even that wasn’t enough.

On the cat front: I saw the same one when I went to feed them last night so I’m really curious about cat 2. I’m going to have lie on the floor and look under the bed. I know the cats roam around upstairs. I’ve found clumps of fur in the hall and the bathroom. I don’t know when they do their roaming. It can’t be at night or Henry would be off and running. It is a conundrum.

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6 Comments on ““Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?””

  1. Hedley. Says:

    Every now and again I think about my bike which is in the basement gathering dust. Last year I had it basically rebuilt in anticipation that Big Rick would surface or that I would ride alone. Neither happened

    Big Rick is, well, not exercising. He called me a few months ago to update me on the cockamamie schemes that would yield him millions, and a life in the recliner, with the cat, TV, and food that he should not be eating

    The days in Michigan are long and hot and inviting. Big Rick has not surfaced and nor has my Cannondale. I think about it every now and again and then I go back to walking in the neighborhood and pottering around the garden.

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      I actually thought about Big Rick the other day and was wondering about him. I’m sorry he isn’t joining you to do the bike riding together. At least he calls.

      With my back as bad as it is, I cannot walk without stopping often. I used to walk all the time and wish I could again. Maybe I should haul my bike out of the cellar. The bike trail is all around me.

      It is 72˚ and the breeze is at my back, from the north. It will get down to the mid 60’s tonight. That is a delight day all around!

      I still need to haul out the small tables and hanging candles of the deck. I just can’t seem to get motivated.

      • hedley Says:

        My biggest patio failure is the large heavy round dining table – I cant get it out of the basement on my own and it has only just stopped raining (as soon a June 21 showed up) I have a nice sitting area but the summer furniture is not complete.

      • katry Says:

        My deck furniture gets covered all winter. One of the sets is wood, and it weathers winter well. I could never find room for all of it in my cellar.

  2. Birgit Says:

    Several errands in town today, about 4 miles I think, needless to say I took the bike which is ready to use at the front door. It’s often faster than public transport and today I even passed many cars stuck in motor traffic jams due to closed roads. Bikeways are rare where I live and traffic still increases so you don’t see many kids on bikes anymore.
    Fortunately it cooled down so today’s weather was just perfect.

    • katry Says:

      Birgit,
      I did 5 errands today and ran into a great deal of traffic, more than usual. That means the summer has started in earnest.

      The cape has miles and miles of bicycle paths. There are small buses which run to shopping areas so people without cars can get there. They don’t cover all that much of the cape.

      It is still warm tonight!


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