“Politics /n/: from ‘poly ticks’, short for ‘many small bloodsucking insects’.”

Today looks the same as yesterday. Rain is predicted for later so the sun didn’t bother to show up at all. Day after day of clouds is making me grumpy. Good thing I live alone.

Yesterday I watered the plants and emptied all the boxes sitting by the door. I put the empty boxes in the car for the next dump run, probably tomorrow. On the counter in the kitchen I have piled everything I need for cleaning except for the mop. That’s back in storage. It’s going to rain so they’ll be more paw prints on the kitchen floor. They’ll mingle with the old paw prints.

When I was a kid, I was never good at art. My people were all stick people. Some of them had hair, flip up dos, so it was easy to distinguish females from males. The ladies all wore dresses in a v-shape. Sometimes I’d color the dresses while other times I’d try to draw a pattern. Once in a while, when I was at my most creative, I’d draw a purse with a strap and hang it from the lady’s arm. The male didn’t wear clothes. You knew they weren’t females.

Ick! Ick! Ick! Last night the outside of my ear was itchy. I scratched it and realized something was there. I grabbed it between my fingertips. It was a tick looking for a home. That grossed me right out. All night long I was checking both Henry and me. I found no other ticks. I’d hate to have one of the cats with a tick. I’d never find it in all that fur.

My Red Sox flag hanging off a pole on a tree in the front yard is tattered and torn. I think it is a metaphor for baseball. I’m going to replace it with the new Peace Corps flag I bought. Hanging it is a matter of faith. There are no volunteers currently serving as all were evacuated because of Covid, but we know Peace Corps will be back. All of us who served know.

I talk out loud and not always to the animals. If I talk to one of them, I address that pet by name. The other times I speak out loud are mostly to punctuate something I’m watching on TV. I think myself quite witty at times, sort of a quarantined Dorothy Parker. Other times I am in my House Beautiful mod, and I comment about the rooms or the walls behind newscasters, nighttime hosts and guests. Most have bookcases, and you can read the titles if you stop. My favorite is Seth Meyers. The Thorn Birds are always on the table beside him in what he calls his attic. Sometimes the book is one of many, sometimes one of a few. I first check the table at the beginning of each show. I decided my wall would be in the living room. I’d move the table and make it a desk then add the blue chair with the moons.

Wow, when I started today I was sure I had nothing to say. I was going to beg off and take another holiday. I’m glad I didn’t

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8 Comments on ““Politics /n/: from ‘poly ticks’, short for ‘many small bloodsucking insects’.””

  1. Bob Says:

    Hi Kat,

    Glad you decided to post today. I heard on the radio that there’s a winter storm headed for the Northeast including a possible May snowstorm. 🙁 Has it ever snowed in Boston in May? Good thing there’s no baseball or the story in the Globe might be. “Today’s game at Fenway was cancelled due to an unusual May snowstorm”. If it does snow tomorrow or Sunday it just gives the climate denier nut cases ammunition to debunk climate science as the administration has debunked scientific evidence and the CDC recommendations on opening up the economy.

    Today was the first day that restaurants, barbershops, beauty/nail salons can open with restrictions in Texas. Unfortunately, our governor is conducting a non scientific experiment on the people of Texas. How will anyone know if the results of testing for the virus over the next few weeks increases because of more tests being conducted or more people being sick as a result of opening up the economy? Obviously, Republicans care more about winning in November and to hell with a few thousand extra deaths. This is especially true because of the high percentage of minorities who are dying from the disease. From their point of view that’s just less minority whose votes they would have to suppress. 🙁

    Today is partly sunny and cooler after the thunderstorms that rolled through last night. Today’s high might get to 71 degrees.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Bob,
      The storm is heading for Northern New England, closer to the mountains though Boston could get an inch or two. None is predicted for down here. It is a raw, cold day right now. My hands won’t get warm. It will be cold the next few days, below average cold.

      Listening to the president, you’d be hard-pressed to realize so many people are sick and dying. He talks about himself, the election, his bills and so much more of him. He wants the country opened at any cost as it is key to his reelection. Golf courses just opened here. More won’t open until after the 18th of the month.

      Mid next week may have a day in the 70’s. I’ll miss it, but we could hit the 60’s. I’m fine with that!

  2. olof1 Says:

    The weather wasn’t as nice as they said it would be, a strong wind destroyed the day once again. It did get betrter in the evening though and it did after all not rain so I really can’t complain too much 🙂

    I finally have the summer tires on so now I don’t break the law every time I’m out driving 🙂 🙂

    I’ve never liked to draw humans but I once was pretty good in drawing cats for some reason. Today I can’t drwa a cat if so my life depended on it 🙂 🙂

    Have a great day!


    • katry Says:

      It will be cold here for the next few days. Some northern parts of the New England states even got snow yesterday. May is still young, but it has been a chilly month so far.

      I just have one set of tires, and they work in the winter as well. These are even fairly new tires so the treads are good. My father used to have. two sets of tires: summer and snow tires.

      I don’t remember drawing animals, but I must have sometime in all those years of art.

      Enjoy your weekend!

  3. Hedley Says:

    It’s everyone’s friggin birthday today, my sister, my father, Mrs MDHs Mother …those holiday kids show up in early May.

    Bob Dylan ended his flirtation last night, he is off the road, and pow an album is coming in June. Looks like a double disc for around $14 at Amazon. I got my order in and now wait

    As you know Kat, I am a total sucker for Bob, we have sat through 3 albums of Bob sings Sinatra and now we have his reflection on the murder of Jack Kennedy (murder most foul). Today he drops “False Prophet”, just so bluesy as you will sample below

    So the pandemic clock is about to give us new issues from The 1975 and The Magnetic Fields and now Dylan. The sound will fill the house with new music, I will be woofing and maybe one day Big Gretch will let us all out

    Here is The False Prophet himself

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      Wow!! I really liked this song. I hope that is a good sign for the rest of the album. It seems I may have to buy this one.

      Jump forward five minutes: I just preordered the album. I downloaded the available two and will wait for the remaining, probably not patiently.

      Thank you for the Bob-O-Gram!

      • Hedley Says:

        Kat, it seems Pope Benedict when he was Ratzinger complained about Dylan, as a false profit performing at a youth event down the Vatican and for JP2. This could be a gigantic swat at his Beneness . Or Bobs constant rejection that he is any form of prophet. Magic stuff

        Meanwhile I continue to wonder if this is Dylan’s Bowie album, foretelling and exit

        Over thinking but if the 3 tracks released so far are any indication the new album is gonna be a doozy

      • katry Says:

        My Dear Hedley,
        The good news is he listens to Dylan!

        If we are talking about early Dylan, prophetic might be the right adjective.

        I’m with you in my reaction to the songs I’ve already heard.

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