“I’m such a clever Toad.”

The rain started yesterday and continues today. The high will be 53˚. Given the weather, as if I really needed an excuse, I am going nowhere and not even getting dressed. I bought two cans of dog food yesterday so Henry will eat today. The big announcement is I did my laundry. The pile in the basket in the hall got so high that Henry slinked passed it fearing an attack.

Some days I have a lot of energy while other days I barely get off the couch. Yesterday I had a doctor’s appointment then I stopped for the dog food. I got home and into my cozies then I dusted around the TV, the dining room table and the small bureau in the hall. I wet mopped the kitchen then I collapsed on the couch from far too much exertion. My current sweatshirt has clean sleeves.

The oak tree leaves have turned brown. They’re curled at the edges. That is my view from the den window, a tree filled with dead leaves. I wonder if it is a metaphor.

When I was a kid, I walked to school all the time. On the walk home, I crossed the railroad tracks at about the halfway point. I walked across the field, a sort of short cut, then to my street and, finally, up the hill to my house. It didn’t take long to walk home, but the walk was long enough that I got soaked.

hIf I were asked my favorite novel when I was kid, I’d have said Little Women. Jo is my favorite character. She taught me that I could do most anything, my sex not withstanding. The novel in second place would be The Wind in the Willows. I loved that the characters were four animals: Mole, Rat (a European water vole), Toad, and Badger all imbued with human qualities. I liked kind, loyal Mole the most. Toad was the most interesting character, “the wealthy scion of Toad Hall who inherited his wealth from his late father. Although good-hearted and optimistic, he is also arrogant, conceited, and impulsive. He is prone to obsessions and crazes. Having a short-attention-span, he gets bored with each of these activities in turn and drops them…” That description, without the good-hearted and optimistic, gave me pause.

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10 Comments on ““I’m such a clever Toad.””

  1. Christer. Says:

    Mostly grey and dull here but since it now darkens early i can’t see it and therefore it doesn’t annoy me 🙂 🙂

    The Wind in the Willows is probably my first choice (its Swedish name is It whizzes in the Bulrush) but I have always loved the two Winnie the Pooh novels as well. I think Badger is my favorite character in the willows book. A bit grumpy but always helpful and quite nice to know 🙂
    Toad without the good-hearted and optimistic parts do remind a lot of a certain person 🙂 🙂

    Have a great day!


    • katry Says:

      Hi Christer,
      It is still raining here, and it is cold. Henry is quickly out and even quicker back. The rain has been noisy.

      I love this book. I also really liked the Disney movie. Toad is wonderfully drawn and given life. The others are just so good to Toad of Toad Hall.

      Have a great day!!

  2. Bob Says:

    Hi Kat,

    I just checked the weather at a quarter to two and we just reached 50° under cloudy skies. Yesterday, our high temperature was 43° and it here than it was in Toronto, New York and Chicago. They were all in the 50°s. We turned on the heat for the first time last night. Thank goodness it worked and didn’t set off the carbon monoxide detectors. Yesterday, it rained a lot. I left my house in the morning and it was drizzling. By the time I reached work, three miles and seven minutes away, it was pouring rain. Of course my umbrella was at home. 🙂

    I walked to school everyday from the second grade until high school graduation. I always lived fairly close to two different elementary schools, two different junior high schools and one high school. While in high school I would meet with my friends after class and we would hang out on the sidewalk on the corner where the candy store was located or in the pizzeria. It didn’t make any difference if those places were in the opposite direction from my home.

    My favorite book when I was a kid was Leon Uris’ novel “Exodus”. I had contracted the Flu along with Streptococcus and read the paperback edition during my three week convalescence. I later read all of his novels and started a long love affair with books that hasn’t ended yet. That illness was back in the stone ages of medical care, before the invention of antiviral drugs. In those days doctors said on the phone, “take two aspirin and call me in the morning”. 🙂 My mother would slather my chest with Vick’s Vapo Rub make me I drink a lot of hot tea with lemon and honey.

    • katry Says:

      HI Bob,
      It is still raining, and it has been ugly all day. Henry went out, but he wasn’t happy. It is down to 51˚ and will get lower, into the 40’s, tonight.

      My heat goes on periodically. I keep an umbrella at home and in the car, but I seldom use either. It is sweatshirt time.

      When I was in high school my school was two towns away so I had to take a bus. I walked to the bus stop about 3 or 4 blocks away. It came at 7:05. I usually got home just before four or five if I did after school activities.

      I read Exodus during my Leon Uris days when I read several of his novels. Once I find a fictional author I like I tend to read several books one after another.

      I don’t remember anyone getting the flu when I was kid. I wonder what it was called instead. I remember the big diseases, and I’m thinking I must have gotten colds, but no flu.

      My father was the advocate for Vicks in our house. He had his Vicks sweatshirt so he would only stain that one with the rub. Sniff or cough and he’d bring out the Vicks.

      • Bob Says:

        By Saturday we should be back up to 70°.

        Our house has two Nest smart thermostats. It’s possible to set them up with a schedule and or have it automatically switch from air conditioning to heat. My spouse doesn’t like the idea that it can do any of those things. She doesn’t even want them connected to the WiFi. 🙁

      • katry Says:

        Mine is also smart thermostat.

        Maybe your wife should never read any Stephen King as machines go wild in so many novels and stories. No hifi? That’s barbaric.

  3. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    I walked to school every day from first grade right through senior year in high school. We lived just shy of the one mile distance that would have gotten me a bus pass. My cousins, who lived around the corner had bus passes.
    I did not read The Wind in the Willows until I was in my late teens but I did love it and still do. My favorite character is probably Ratty but Badger is right up there.
    The weather is cold, dark, and drear up here. Raining, too. I have done not very much today though I had planned ambitiously. I should know me better by now. I did clean out the fridge so not totally a slacker.
    Enjoy the evening.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      I have done nothing all day, but my house is clean, My cleaning couple came earlier. I will probably rest on my laurels for having done the laundry yesterday. I still need to go to Agway.

      I went to Arlington for high school and used to take the Eastern Mass bus which started in Wakefield to Arlington.

      I don’t hear the rain right now so maybe it has stopped. It rained heavily last night for a while and for a while today. It is so very dreary.

      Have a wonderful rest of the day!

  4. Birgit Says:

    It rained all day so I’ll have to buy groceries tomorrow or on Saturday, a partial corona shutdown will make shopping more difficult next week.
    Restrictions are needed but these measures won’t be enough to really lower our covid rates. Schools are still open and kids have to go, online lessons as a rare exception. Car traffic has doubled since I went to school and meanwhile it’s often too dangerous for kids to walk or bike and public transport is crowded when school starts or ends. Good for the virus, bad for kids.

    I neither read Little Women nor Wind in the Willows but Pippi Longstocking rules!

    • katry Says:

      I never read Pippi Longstocking. I didn’t even know it existed. I did see the movie many years later. My friend insisted I see it with her and her kids. That movie was hideous and so was Pippi with those straight out red pigtails.

      Places are being shut down again in a few states. I think we’ll follow suit in the not so distant future. Our idiot in chief goes to all these rallies and tells the crowd we are turning the corner on Covid, and the vaccine is coming. Both are such major lies. A person is dying here every 107 seconds.

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