“Look on every exit as being an entrance somewhere else.”

First up, Gwen and the vet. It didn’t happen. When I got into the room, she dashed under the bed. I nearly killed myself getting on my knees and using the flashlight to find her. I found her under the second bed. She was in the back corner. I moved the bed so so I could catch her. She not only hissed but she also growled. I backed off and moved the bed. I called the vets. They were quite understanding. Gwen goes next Friday.

Tonight my friends and I are going to try a locked room mystery. We’ll have one hour to get free. The game is from my library. I went through recipes trying to figure the perfect meal for people moving around looking for clues. I decided on naan pizza. I have a variety of toppings, all sorts of different cheeses and meats. I have fig jam, sliced jalapeños, onions and I just picked the last of my basil. I have a salad for the side and a key lime pie for dessert. No, I didn’t make the pie. I bought it at a bakery.

Today is a lovely fall day with a bright sun, the sort which shines and gives light but no warmth. The morning was chilly, down to the low 50’s. A slight breeze ruffles a few small branches. The leaves have turned brown and every day more of them fall from the trees. My front lawn and the deck are covered in leaves.

My father burned the leaves every Saturday. He’d raked the grass and keep moving the pile of leaves he’d gathered to the street. I remember the rhythm of the rake, of the strokes back and forth across the lawn. Once the leaves were all gathered and raked to the road, he’d light the pile and then stand there leaning on the rake handle to watch while the leaves burned. That would be my American gothic, my father watching the leaves and leaning on his rake.

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10 Comments on ““Look on every exit as being an entrance somewhere else.””

  1. olof1 Says:

    Cats and vet visits are always tricky 🙂 My cats usually feel that they should stay away for a couple of days when ever I want to take them to the vet 🙂 🙂 Good luck next Friday!

    The first time I’ve ever heard of the locked room game was when I watched an episode of Brockly 99 🙂 It seems fun!

    Very few leafs still onthe trees here but there are actually some bushes that still have green leafs, I wonder how they managed to avoid getting damaged by the frost? I always let the leafs stay on the lawn, worms will sooner or later have them as dinner 🙂

    Chilly and cloudy almost all day here but no wind or rain so it has been rather pleasant outdoors.

    Have a fun evening!


    • katry Says:

      All my other cats have been easy to pick up and put into the carrier. This is the first cat which hissed and growled. I’m going to have to come up with a way to capture her.

      I read the rules but there are no directions other than the time limit and a couple of filled envelopes which I didn’t peek at. They may send us on our way.

      We haven’t had a frost so the leaves are still hanging on. Some bushed here also have green leaves. They have a log way to go yet.

      Enjoy Sunday!!

  2. Bob Says:

    Hi Kat,
    I’ve downloaded the AT&T U-verse app to my phone and I am down to watching TV on my iPhone. 🙁 My son used his phone’s hotspot function to watch TV on his computer and we discovered that we only have 12gb of hotspot data a month and it’s like six dollars extra for every additional gig of streaming data. I thought we had unlimited high speed data even streaming. Didn’t read the fine print. 🙁
    Sunny cool day high in the 60s.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Bob,
      Given nothing else, I’d be happy to watch TV on my iPhone. Now you have me wondering about my phone contract. It is from AT&T as well.

      I always read the small print. My father said that all the time, and I have no problem obliging him.

      Have a good weekend.

      • Bob Says:

        Our phones are through Verizon. We only have two cable TV/Internet providers, AT&T U-verse or Spectrum. Because olive in a condo I can’t have a satellite dish.

      • katry Says:

        You are stuck with your condo choices. Too bad you can’t pick and choose your own provider.

  3. Rowen Says:

    I had wondered if Gwen might freak out. Good luck next time.

    The locked room mystery with naan pizza sounds like a great evening.

    • katry Says:

      She was aa cried cat. That night, though, when I cleaned the boxes and filled their dishes she was purring and loving being patted. She, luckily, has a shirt memory.

      We had wonderfully fun evening even though we ended up stuck in the room!

  4. Hedley Says:

    Yesterday, someone reached out to me on FB, with the news that a friend from Dorking Grammar School had passed away. We wen to the school at 11 and left at 18. Because we sat alphabetically she was in the desk behind me for those formative years. I was very sad but it got worse

    The bearer of the bad news asked about another girl with a similar end of the alphabet last name who was my Facebook friend, and when checking her account she had left us at the beginning of September and I did not know.

    So four of us had sat together, Jane, Debbie, Dave and me and pow in one afternoon the two girls were gone.

    I tried to post something on FB, it was crap and so I deleted it. We are all visitors for a short time. Today is All Souls Day and I am going to St John Fisher Chapel with a heavy heart as the gaps get bigger and bigger.

    I am resolved to regroup tomorrow, after all Spurs and the Lions are playing, the new Dylan is in the house and I am seeing Earth Wind and Fire in evening.

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      Two of my friends died in the last six months. One dated back to high school, and the other went a long way back. Each left a hole. I was quite saddened by their deaths.

      I met a friend this week for a few drinks. She and I hadn’t seen each other since college. We were close back then, and it didn’t take long to get that closeness back. It was a wonderful evening!

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