“My idea of absolutely happiness is to be in bed on a rainy day with my blankie, my cat, and my dog.”

My morning paper reading time is leisurely and long now. We’re talking hours. The Globe alone takes me well over an hour and sometimes closer to two hours, and I just skim the business pages. The Cape Cod Times takes far less time. Mostly I read all the local news and the weather. The bottoms of the pages in the Times have fillers, usually about accidents and police news. In the Globe I do the crossword puzzle. In the Times I do the cryptogram and sometimes the crossword. On a good day I finish both of them.

Alexa told me it was sunny, but it is cloudy, socked in cloudy, and it feels damp. No rain is predicted so the miserable day is just that, a miserable day. Rain would have redeemed it.

My new deck storage is still in the cardboard box on the deck. I haven’t had the wherewithal to slide it to the end of the deck and put it together. The box has been rained on twice.

Last week was a strange week for Henry. It was a reversion to Henry of old. He had two days when he didn’t want to be patted. If I touched him when he was on the couch, he got up and left. It was frustrating, but I didn’t bother him. I learned a long time ago to let Henry be. This week’s Henry is asleep beside me on the couch. I can pat him all over, even his belly.

I bought my house 44 years ago. I have always lived alone here except for my assorted dogs and cats. The cats have always come in pairs. Fern and Maddie, the last before these two, were a bonded pair when I adopted them from the shelter when they were 5. Fern made it to almost 18 and Maddie to 19. Jack and Gwen are siblings. I don’t know how old they are. They eat well, sleep most of the day and use the special litter on a regular basis so I figure they’re good for a lot of years to come. I hope I am too.

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4 Comments on ““My idea of absolutely happiness is to be in bed on a rainy day with my blankie, my cat, and my dog.””

  1. Bob Says:

    Hi Kat,

    Wow! 44 years in the same place, that must be some kind of record. Most folks today never pay off their mortgage but sell their house for a profit and buy a larger house. Unfortunately, some people sell their house for a loss or worse have the bank foreclose and take their house including their equity. Amazingly you have lived alone without human roommates nor preveous spouses which also might be another world record. I would be happy staying in one place for a long time but my better half has the change gene. We haven’t been in this house for two months yet and she’s already talking about moving the new sofas around in the den. I really don’t care.

    Since getting married in 1985, we’ve lived in 4 houses, one apartment and one condominium. We’ve had five or six dogs, no cats and two kids who are still here. My wife is deathly allergic to cat dander so no cats for us. Currently, we are without pets because we don’t have a backyard with any place for a dog to relive itself, instead we went for a pool. I refuse to have to walk another dog twice daily around the neighborhood and pick up it’s poop.

    We gave up the newspaper delivered to the house at least ten years ago. We didn’t have the time to read it and we were just contributing to the landfill without the benefit of the contents. Between the internet and cable TV there’s enough bad news to last a lifetime.

    Today the sky is partly cloudy with a high predicted in the upper 80s. I will have to turn on the sprinkler system again because they are only predicting a slight chance of rain by Wednesday.

    • Bob Says:

      By the way, didn’t you forget a including a good book along with the pets and the blanket in bed? 🙂

    • katry Says:

      Hi Bob,
      All my Cape friends have been in their houses over forty years. I think once you are here, have a good job and buy a house, you’re generally here to stay. A few of us started out here and stayed. The rest came and stayed. Not unusual! We’re all retired now.

      My friends and I all rented once and then bought. We’ve all had pets, some cats, some dogs and me with both. The dog poops in the roughage under trees in the back yard. I can’t think of a time when I had no pet.

      I like reading the papers. Reading them on line doesn’t do it for me. Even when I travel I find a newspaper or two to read. Once I’m done here, they go in the paper recycle bin at the dump. I watch current local and national news in the evening.

      Around 4:00 I could see light behind the clouds in the west. It is setting before I get a chance to see it.


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