“This morning’s scene is good and fine, Long rain has not harmed the land.”

This morning is even prettier than yesterday’s. It is both sunny and cool. The breeze barely flutters even a single leaf. A patch of sunlight reflected from the silver blade of a spinning whirligig on the deck moves up and down across my shelves in here, the den. Today is a day to be outside.

We didn’t have a movie night. It rained on and off. A dark cloud would pass over, and it would rain for a little while, but we sat under the umbrella and stayed dry. We played Phase 10 and ate popcorn. The rain came a few more times, but we stayed outside. Henry got under the table so as to stay dry, smart boy. The rain finally came more heavily, and we started to get wet. That was the end of the evening. It was a fun night even without the movie.

I loved my coffee this morning. My light cream was liquid so I didn’t have chip any pieces from the ice floe. Tomorrow will be dump day so I have to clear out the fridge and trash any formerly frozen foods, including a small watermelon. I think I’m going to have to do a new Peapod order.

Today I’ll hunt. I have to check on Cat2 hidden, I believe, under one of the beds in the guest room. I haven’t seen 2 for a while, but I’m thinking 2 is fine as three or four cans of cat food are eaten every day, and I doubt even enormous Cat1 could eat that much but then again…

Henry and Cat1 have reached détente, for the most part. They pass in the hall without a single hiss. They sniff noses without a paw whacking Henry who only chases Cat1 every now and then to stay in practice. Henry will have a huge surprise as he thinks there is only one cat, but Cat2 is timid and shy so Henry might have his way with that poor kitty. I will be vigilant.

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10 Comments on ““This morning’s scene is good and fine, Long rain has not harmed the land.””

  1. Bob Cohen Says:

    Hi Kat,

    Last night we saw the movie “The Peanutbutter Falcon” which was interesting but won’t win any awards. This film spent a lot of time looking for a studio to produce it and distribute it. The subject was depressing because it pointed out how few opportunities exist in this country for people with intellectual disabilities other than wearhousing them. The Italian food was at best mediocre. The great claim to fame of this iconic Dallas Italian eatry was that Jack Ruby was friends with the owner, Joe Campisi, and ate dinner there on November 21st. 1963.

    These are truly the “Dog Days of August”. Hot temperature, no rain and not much going on. School starts Monday, thank goodness for AC, and boring preseason NFL football games replace reruns on TV. Next season the Texas Rangers will move across the street to their new retractable roof air conditioned stadium and I will consider going to a game. There will be 9,000 fewer seats which means the ticket prices will be higher. The last game we attended several years ago the temperature that July night in the ninth inning was down to 94 degrees. Outdoor baseball is great in Boston, Chicago, NY and California but not in Texas. 🙂

    • katry Says:

      Hi Bob,
      I guess you could look at it as a family outing. I know there is a job site here where they hire people with disabilities who have aged out of local schools at 21. One site is a farm called Abilities Farm. I buy vegetables and flowers there.

      I’m sorry about your dinner. I figure the restaurant is living on its historical reputation.

      Tonight will get down to the low 60’s. During the days this week it will be in the 70’s with rain predicted for Tuesday into Wednesday. School starts after Labor Day. Starting before Labor Day always gets voted down because of the tourist industry.

      Fenway can get really cold at the start and end of the season. The middle, though, is spectacular!

      • Bob Cohen Says:

        Of course it was still a fun evening. Yes, there are some limited opportunities for people with intellectual disabilities such as working in small food establishments like scooping ice cream part time. The real problem is that their medicade Benifits and Social Security supplemental income are tied to having no more than $2,000 worth of assets at any time. Living in blue states is better than living in cheap red states like Texas for community services such as housing.

      • katry Says:

        I didn’t know about the $2000 in assets being the maximum amount.

        Since I have been retired, I haven’t been in on all the opportunities available for adults with disabilities. Years ago, businesses on the cape were among the first to hire adits with disabilities. That has continued.

  2. olof1 Says:

    It has rained even more today than yesterday but on the other hand we’ve had more sunshine as well. We’ve gotten more than an inch of rain since yesterday morning. Nature likes it and I can’t complain much about it either 🙂

    It is so much easier when the cream isn’t frozen 🙂
    I have almost no food at home right now, didn’t buy much the last time since it is back to work tomorrow and I can buy in the grocery store at work. Right now I wish that I at least had bought more cheese and milk :-)I did bake a bread though and this time it’s quite good.

    I’m pretty sure Henry will be polite to cat 2 as well, at least after a while 🙂

    Have a great day!


    • katry Says:

      Hi Christer,
      I don’t complain about the rain either. I don’t have to water my deck plants and everything looks fresh and smells so good.

      It wasn’t easy mining for cream. I was so glad just to pour it this morning.

      I have no fruit, no veggies and no luncheon meat. I also need cat food. The dog food is delivered. I’ll just place and order on line.

      Henry let my friends pat him last night, a first. They were thrilled. He even leaned in for more pats. I think the trip helped him be less shy.

      Have wonderful day!

  3. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    Henry probably knows there is another cat smell in the house that hasn’t yet manifested in corporeal form. It’ll be interesting when Cat2 decides it’s time to make its debut.

    I don’t think it rained here last night but every now and then it looked as though it might. It was cool though. I actually turned off the fan. First time in months, I think. Today was beautiful, too. You’re right. It was a day to be outside. I did spend some time out in the yard doing some weed whacking and lawn mowing. Then I spent some time sitting and doing nothing except watching the trees move in the breeze. I feel quite accomplished today. 😀

    Enjoy the rest of you day.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      I used a flashlight and checked under the bed. Yup, there is a cat hiding there. Cat1, on the other hand, is asleep beside me on the couch. Henry is on the other side asleep.

      When I moved the gate so I can get into the cats’ room, Henry doesn’t even try to sneak in. I clean the boxes and the dishes and then fill the water and wet cat food. Henry patiently waits on my bed.

      The rain clouds were an angry gray. I thought the rain would pass, but it didn’t. It even felt cold staying outside. It was an early night.

      Today was just as beautiful, and I did nothing constructive. I even took a nap. Life is good!

      Have a great evening!!

  4. Birgit Says:

    What’s rain? Must be the stuff that the weather report occasionally promises but which usually doesn’t come.
    Summer music in the park today, a funny Berlin brass band and a group from Romania. Needles to say that the weather was perfect though the park trees won’t agree.

    • katry Says:

      We had a perfect weather day today. It was sunny and there was a great breeze. Tomorrow should be the same; however, that rain you vaguely remember will reappear here on Tuesday. I wish I could share.

      I love brass bands!!

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