“May you live every day of your life.”

Coffee is late today. I talked to my sister for an hour then I had to make a chocolate cream pie for my friend’s birthday. She has a standing order for one every year. It is finished and in the fridge chilling. It will get its crown of whipped cream just before the event.

Jip, Doctor Doolittle’s dog, taught the doctor animalspeak. Sometimes I wish he’d drop by and teach me dog. Henry and I would converse constantly. I think he’d talk breathlessly as he always seems to be on alert. He jumps off the couch and runs to the door at any random sound then comes back only to jump again. I’d explain in dog-talk his responsibility when it comes to noises on the street.

Last night Henry was asleep on the couch beside me. I went to pat him. He didn’t seem to be breathing. His paw was cold. I shook him, probably a bit too vigorously. He had been dead asleep and my shaking him scared him. He jumped up and ran into the kitchen. When he came back, he went to the far end of the couch, away from me. Poor boy!

When I was a kid, I enjoyed school which was a good thing considering the amount of time I’d spend in some. I loved to read. Any day could pass unnoticed while I was in my room reading. That still happens. I had great friends, some of whom I still see. I was a Girl Scout for the longest time. It was great fun. I marched in a drill team and still see all those wonderful friends from St. Pat’s Shamrocks. Long ago pieces of my life are still important parts of my today and every day.

When I was a kid, we had Duke, the boxer, and a turtle from Woolworth’s which lived in the plastic oval with the palm tree, also from Woolworth’s. We kept the turtle’s tropical home on the kitchen counter. Any flies we swatted went to the turtle. He preferred his flies with a bit of life but not enough to fly away. I’d put the fly in the water and watch the turtle. He played with his food.

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6 Comments on ““May you live every day of your life.””

  1. Bob Says:

    Hi Kat,

    Although I would love for us to be able to speak to animals, I’m not sure we would like what they would tell us. One researcher in California taught a guerrilla, KoKo, to communicate through American Sign Language. I’m not sure what KoKo had to say about being a guerrilla was that interesting because I believe she was born in captivity. Our pet dogs converse with us all the time through facial expressions and body language. I don’t think you would enjoy Henry’s thoughts about being neutered. 🙁

    Like you I could spend my entire day reading for pleasure. Thankfully, I don’t have the time because everything else would go to hell in a hand basket. 🙂

    Today, is beautiful with sunny skies, low humidity and high a temperature of 80°.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Bob,
      I figure most monkeys and apes would be the easiest to talk with as KoKo could carry on a conversation. Henry would be fun up to a point. He’d be a bit over enthusiastic. The advantage would be Henry telling me he’s sick so at the vet’s we wouldn’t have to guess.

      Henry can’t blame me. He was already neutered when he came here to me.

      Chilly at 59˚. My house was cold this morning.

  2. lilydark Says:

    Kat,
    These days I talk to everything. Of course I talk to Cookie, I talk to the toys, pictures, anything. I read children’s poems to whoever will listen. I don’t expect anything to talk back, except Cookie. I’m still stunned by the death of our supreme court justice.
    Take Care,
    Lori and the gang.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Lori,
      I talk out loud probably to hear a voice. I talk to Henry who goes upstairs to avoid me. Both of us us, the dog and me, need to be socialized.

      RBG was living on borrowed time. I think she was hoping to last through the election. We will never see her like.

  3. Christer. Says:

    I’m pretty sure Nova wouldn’t say much, she’s too cool to care about anything 🙂 🙂 Albin however would talk endlessly about all sounds he could hear and every squirrel he’s ever seen 🙂 🙂 My cats are pretty obvious about what they want so nothin g new would come from them 🙂 🙂

    Have a great day!

    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      I think Henry and Albin would be fighting for attention as Henry would be much like Albin. Gwen would be noisy and Jack quiet. They’d all be good company.


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