The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever.

Today is already hot at 78˚. I am sitting in my den with my trusty dog sleeping beside me. The air conditioner is blasting. I am going to stay home, cool and comfortable.

Yesterday was a great 4th of July. It was spend with friends, and we had a barbecue, a traditional barbecue with hot dogs and hamburgers, deviled eggs and potato salad. I brought a blueberry pie.

Henry does not mind the sound of fireworks; however, the other day his dog door flap fell on him. I had had to tape the holes attached to the screws as the holes had split and the screws had come away from the flap. That make-do lasted a few weeks, but after it fell on Henry, I had to re-taped the flap. Even though it is secure, Henry is now nervous about using the flap. I have had to open the back door for him. Today, he used the dog door to go but but not to come in. That’s when it fell. The new flap will be here next week.

The tourists are here, droves of tourists. The roads are filled with cars, even my cherished back roads. My errands took far longer the other day as I had to sit and wait for the light to change to green. It took until the third light cycle before I could get out of the parking lot. Sadly, this is only the beginning of traffic.

I live on the cape, despite the summer traffic, for a lot of reasons. We are surrounded by the ocean. It keeps us warmer in the fall and cooler in the summer. Seafood restaurants abound. I usually order scallops or shrimp with French fries and onion rings: they have the best onion rings. If I want, I can still go to a drive-in movie theater, in Wellfleet. As when I was a kid, they show two movies. The other day I went on a lobster cruise. I ate a lobster roll as the boat sailed out to sea. The roll was chunky with lobster meat tucked into a toasted bun, always a New England hot dog bun roll. Sunrises and sunsets are spectacular when viewed from the beach or the jetty. I love to go on rides up or down cape. The scenery is beautiful. The old cape cod houses are right by the road. I often stop to take pictures.

When I’m stuck in summer traffic, I’ll just have to remember how much I love living here. Traffic is a small price to pay for all the beauty.

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8 Comments on “The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever.”

  1. Bob Cohen Says:

    Hi Kat,

    I think humans have always been fascinated with the sea. After all our ancient predecessors crawled out of the primordial sea on to dry land millions of years ago. You list the obvious reasons to be in love with a place like Cape Cod year round. The ocean acts as a moderator of temperature extreams as well as a source of beauty and bounty. If we don’t do something about climate change soon, I wonder how much of the Cape will remain above the rising sea level by the second half of this century.

    There’s still loads of dried brush and tree limbs lying around in the gutters from the storm last month which killed our power for four days. The city hasn’t had the time or manpower to pick it all up and luckily. no one accidentally set the dried leaves on fire with fireworks last night.

    We survived the new and improved Independence Day celebration in Washington and the President pretty much stuck to the scrip according to the fake news that I read. 🙂 He didn’t turn it completely into a campaign stump speech.

    Today will be another hot sunny day with temperatures in the mid nineties. Over the weekend the upper nineties will make it really feel like summer.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Bob,
      I figure I am far enough from the water that my house will not be awash. Others have not been as lucky. Hurricanes have destroyed dunes which protected houses, and the houses have fallen into the sea. Chatham is where much of the sea dunes has disappeared.

      My Colorado family would say mountains are in their blood. They hike, fish and ski there. They like the ocean but mostly to visit.

      We pretty much had to do our own cleanup unless the tree or limbs were across the road.

      He did stay away from stumping, but he also reconstructed history with talks of the Continental Army being named after Washington, the Star Spangled Banner coming from the wrong war, and, my favorite, that we conquered the air and airports during the Revolutionary War. I’m shaking my head. He said it was because of the rain and the teleprompter being wet.

      • Bob Cohen Says:

        Obviously, mountain people enjoy their environment, like swamp people in Louisiana enjoy swamps. The only good thing to come out of Southwest Louisiana is great food. 🙂
        I don’t mind living in Texas as long as I get to visit the ocean or the mountains.

        I’m surprised that Trump didn’t blame the fake media for messing with the teleprinter. Maybe he didn’t proof read the speech before the event and would realize the mistakes. 🙁

      • katry Says:

        I do love Cajun food but don’t have the opportunity to have it often.

        I have been to Texas, and it is a great place to visit.

        Trump blamed the rain He said it screwed up the teleprompter. I don’t see how only a few places were affected. Sorry, Mr. Trump, but your reason doesn’t wash.

  2. lilydark Says:

    Hi Kat,
    I loved visiting the cape, and going to beach almost every day. Thanks for giving us a tour, even on your birthday. Climate change and pollution scare me, that soon there will be no see to swim in. It is wonderful to love where you live. c

    Take Care,
    Lori and her sleepy gang.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Lori
      I am happy to show off Cape Cod. There is so much to see. I know how much you love the beach. You go far more than I do. I like the beach when there are no people, too cold.

      It is a wonderful place to live!!

      You and Cookie take care,

      Kat and the kids.

  3. olof1 Says:

    It is the opposite here during summer and especially during vacation time, almost no traffic at all 🙂 There are a few traffic lights in Falköping but none in the other towns around here 🙂

    Cold morning yesterday chilly today. They say we’ll get plenty of rain later today and it won’t even reach close to 68F. Typical Swedish summer with other words 🙂 🙂

    Have a great day!


    • katry Says:

      Hi Christer,
      This place is loaded with tourists. I have to go out later to buy canned dog food, and I am not looking forward to it. I have to cross a major road. Leaving the store, I go away from where I live to get back to where I live as I can’t get into the traffic.

      We may get rain today. It is humid and sunny, bad combinations.

      Have a wonderful day!!

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