“Being soaked alone is cold. Being soaked with your best friend is an adventure.”

Fall is still holding sway. The day is warm and sunny, at 64˚. The low will be in the mid 50’s tonight. Skip, my factotum, is coming either today or tomorrow. That means he’ll do the dump run. I am saved. He’ll also shut down the deck, and I’ll have him get the Christmas lights ready for an early debut this year. I need the colors and the lights and the expectations they bring.

Today I am watching It: Chapter Two which isn’t as good as the original film, but I am in the mood for a change from politics.

This is the time of day when I have the den all to myself. Gwen never comes down anyway so she is asleep upstairs. Jack joins her for a late morning nap but on his own end of the bed. Henry is also upstairs, but he is in my room with the bed all to himself. I know he stretches. Henry sleeps with me at night.

When I was a little kid, my adventures were close to home. The field below my house was my favorite place. The grass grew so high it was up to my waists, but there was a permanent path made by all of us following the same route through the grass to the woods. On hot summer days the field was alive with grasshoppers and noisy insects. At night it was lit by blinking fireflies flickering on and off. It was a magical place.

The swamp was a border. It was as far as I could wander when I was little. I remember the front of the swamp was clear of any brush or grass but had a slick of green. It was where we skated in winter. It was where we watched polliwogs dart in the swamp water close to the shore in the springtime. I would lie on my stomach on the grass at the water’s edge and watch the polliwogs. I saw them grow and one day they were gone.

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6 Comments on ““Being soaked alone is cold. Being soaked with your best friend is an adventure.””

  1. Bob Says:

    Hi Kat,

    We are batting a 1000 when it comes to the weather. Today started out cloudy but the sun is shining and the temperature is in the mid 70° range. My wife had the AC on upstairs last night and almost froze me out of bed. She’s always hot and I’m always cold. My 23 year old son has come up with a new health kick. He’s decided that cold plunges are good for him and yesterday he jumped into the pool and had my wife time five minutes. I’m sure the water is nice and cold.

    Today. Is our 35th wedding anniversary. My spouse posted pictures from our wedding on Facebook and I don’t recognize those youngsters. Where did the time go? BTW that’s 35 years with the same woman and not a grand total of spouses and years married.

    Saturday, Rudy Giuliani held a press conference in Philadelphia at the Four Seasons Landscape company instead of at the Four Seasons luxury hotel downtown. The even was to rally Trump supporters while Rudy is filing lawsuits to try to prove voter fraud. Jimmy Kimmel remarked last night on TV that the Four Seasons Landscape company is next door to a crematorium and to an adult movie rental joint. This is like the gang who couldn’t shoot straight. Too. Funny. 🙂

    • katry Says:

      Hi Bob,
      Icy plunges are healthy. Your son is correct though I think he is crazy.


      Congrats on your anniversary. That’s an accomplishment. Did you do anything special?

      I saw all the hoopla about the landscape company, and they showed pictures of the adult bookstore across the street. Why Giuliani didn’t say he’d made a mistake is beyond me. The whole thing of them around the mike and the garage door looked silly.

      • Bob Says:

        On the way home I stopped and picked up a dozen pink roses. Yesterday she bought me a chocolate bobkah at Trader Joe’s. With the pandemic there’s no where to go. After this many years it gets hard to figure out something new.

      • katry Says:

        That was nice on both of your parts.

  2. Christer. Says:

    Grey and dull here again and today we even had some rain, days like these I don’t mind it being pitch black when I come home after work 🙂 🙂

    I’ve read It but won’t be foolish enough to watch it 🙂 I doubt that would be a good thing living in the middle of nowhere with lots of sounds at night but never be able to see what’s making the sounds 🙂 🙂 🙂 Great book though!

    Have a great day!


    • katry Says:

      Hi Christer,
      We’ve had rain most of the day. The streets and sidewalks are coated with wet leaves, but luckily, there won’t be a frost. That would have been treacherous.

      I think the first movie was better than the second. I have never understood why clowns scare people then I saw the movie, and I knew!!

      Take care!

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