“A man who carries a cat by the tail learns something he can learn in no other way.”

Today is another warm, lovely day. The sun is squint your eyes bright. The yellow oak leaves on the backyard trees seem to glow in the sunlight. The birds are in and out of the feeders I filled yesterday. Most of them are chickadees, the state bird of Massachusetts.

Last night I heard a bang in the back. Henry was with me on the couch. When he heard it, he jumped up and ran to the back door barking the whole time. This is the exact moment in the plot when I turned into a B horror movie star who ignored the warnings and went anyway. I got to the kitchen, turned on the back light and opened the door. No one jumped out at me wearing a hook or a mask or carrying a lethal weapon so I kept going. Henry followed. I thought he should be first, being my protector and all, but he was so close behind me he stepped on the back of my slipper. We got to the back, and I saw what had happened. A spawn had run across the deck rail and knocked flower pots over from the rail to the ground, a good distance. Only the the dish under the clay pot couldn’t handle the fall and broke into pieces. I’ll pick up the pot later.

When I was a kid in grammar school, we alternated between having a nun or not having a nun. All the not nuns were women, older women. My very favorite teacher was Miss Quilter, my sixth grade teacher. I remember she wore really thick glasses and white blouses with bows at the neck. I also remember wanting to learn everything from her.

My dance card is empty for the next few days. Wednesday is the first day with an entry: my uke lesson. I have another entry on Thursday, an appointment . That’s two this week. I’ll probably need a nap.

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6 Comments on ““A man who carries a cat by the tail learns something he can learn in no other way.””

  1. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    Henry was watching your back. 😀
    Glad it was just a spawn and the damage was minimal.

    I haven’t seen many chickadees this year. Tufted Titmouses, Blue Jays, Juncos and White Crowned sparrows are around as well as the ever present English sparrows. The other day three turkey vultures soared over me and the dogs when we were out in the yard. A few minutes later another one soared over us only very much closer. So close I thought I should yell out that none of us were dead or about to expire yet but I didn’t.
    A few days after that three turkeys showed up in the yard.

    This week my plans include picking up fallen walnuts and a Zoom knitting group on Thursday. I’ll definitely need a nap.
    Enjoy the evening.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      Henry was almost walking up my back, my brave puppy. I have learned not to stop short.

      There have always been lots of chickadees at my feeders. There are also titmouses and juncos. Yesterday it was a female cardinal who dropped by the long feeder. I have regular sparrows, and I throw seed on the proud for the doves. I keep an eye on the feeders as sometimes a new bird will drop by for the seed.

      Yup, your exhausting schedule definitely earns a nap.

  2. Birgit Says:

    I had nuns in first year of kindergarten (different town) but not in school, it was a public school. I think some nuns still work in hospitals but I haven’t seen nuns in public for quite some time now. The only monastery in town closed down some years ago, the few remaining old men couldn’t run it anymore.
    Due to corona I try to avoid going downtown but today was an exception, the annual day of remembrance of the 1938 November Pogroms. Remembrance is more important than ever, this country is further heading towards fascism though we should know better. Did I mention that I’m very glad that you’ll get rid of this orange man? It’s sad to read about the havoc he still causes.

    • katry Says:

      Everyone I know is thrilled to be rid of the orange man though we fear what he might two these next two months. He could be so very destructive to this country. Right now he is refusing to accept the results of this election. He has declared himself the winner three times. He can’t believe he lost so most of his entourage of sycophants are afraid to tell him point blank there is no hope.

      Massachusetts, like so many states, has had a surge in Covid cases. I choose, if I can, to stay inside. My groceries get delivered. The only places I have to go are to doctor’s appointments, and they are infrequent.

  3. Christer. Says:

    Why tend we to behave like b-movie horror actors when things like that happen 🙂 🙂 Out we go and never take warning of all those old films 🙂 🙂 🙂

    Trump and the republican party are not only embarrassing themselves now but the entire US. So sad to see. How much damage can they do until Biden and Harris takes over? Is it impossible to just toss him out earlier?

    Have a great day!


    • katry Says:

      I figure the old horror films are meant to be bloody and gory but not my backyard. I just wish Henry was willing to go first.

      He is there until January and Inauguration Day. He is dangerous from not until then. The Republican Party is not stepping up to tell him to leave quietly. They are stoking his ego and his idea the election was rigged. They are also a disgrace.

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