“What can be better than to get out a book on Saturday afternoon and thrust all mundane considerations away till next week.”

The morning is cold. The wind is making it feel even colder. The high today will be 32˚. We’re just about there now. The sunlight appears through the clouds every now and then giving me a bit of hope for a nice day. I need to fill the bird feeders. I’d been waiting for a warmer day but warmth is not predicted. I’ll just wear mittens.

Staying inside is wearing thin. I am tired of my own company. Poor Henry is also tired of my company. I talk to him all the time. Mostly he pretends to listen but sometimes he ignores me and just gets off the couch.

When I was growing up, Saturday was my favorite day. I got to eat my cereal in front of the TV while I watched all those great kids’ shows. The whole day was mine to do what I wanted. I had so many choices. There was always my bike. I could get to five different towns from my little town. My favorite ride was around the lake in the next town over closest to me. I would sit for a bit of a rest at the bandstand. I remember how grand the houses facing the lake were. At the head of the lake was Bayrd’s Indian Trading Post which had a teepee in front and sold authentic artifacts and costumes. I loved wandering that store with its beautiful beaded headdresses and belts. That was usually my last stop of the day.

Another choice was the library. Saturday in the winter was my favorite library day. I’d wander the shelves, find a book, take a seat and start reading. The librarian never shooed me out. Usually I’d take four or five books, the limit, home with me.

There was always the Saturday matinee especially if it was a really cold, wintry Saturday. We sometimes got a ride uptown but we never got a ride home. I remember walking home from the theater around 4 in the afternoon. It wasn’t dark but it wasn’t light either. It was the part of the day without much identity. Late afternoon, maybe. Getting on to twilight, maybe even better. Street light time, the best description of all. I always hurried home.

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4 Comments on ““What can be better than to get out a book on Saturday afternoon and thrust all mundane considerations away till next week.””

  1. Bob Says:

    Hi Kat,

    All of your Saturday memories are similar to mine. I’m not even sure the kid shows still exist. Today they are probably animated to save money. Just a guess. The nice thing about my new neighborhood is there are kids who play out in front and on the street. I haven’t seen any of them riding bicycles in the neighborhood. My next door neighbor has a couple of bicycles strapped to the back of his humongous SUV that my son tells me are worth at least a grand each. Humongous SUVs and four door humongous pickup trucks are prevalent in the neighborhood. My son has become the family exercise equipment and nutrition expert. 🙂

    Today my daughter and I drove around the southwest side of Ft. Worth. This is where the very wealthy old money people live. It’s near TCU (Texas Christian University). Dallas has SMU (Southern Methodist University) and the two schools have a long football rivalry. They play each other annually for a trophy called, “The Iron Skillet”. I had never been to the TCU campus until today. Living all these years in Dallas made Ft. Worth feel like another country. Near the TCU campus is the Colonial Country Club where they play a famous PGA golf tournament in the spring. The Colonial was the home course of a famous professional golfer named Ben Hogan. Interestingly, the very wealthiest people of both cities live in areas around those two private Universities.

    Today it’s been cloudy with early morning drizzle and fog. The high temperature has been in the mid 50s.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Bob,
      I don’t know either about Saturday mornings. I’ll have to check the paper’s TV guide. I also have kids in the neighborhood who play on the street. Today I could hear the basketball hit the road. There are actually 8 kids on the street, 4 each in two houses. One SUV here on the street but not a huge one, just your standard we need a bigger vehicle because we have 4 kids SUV.

      That’s a neat name for the trophy (Here two high schools vie for the Chowder Bowl on Thanksgiving). I have been to San Antonio only though I have been twice so I don’t know much about the rest of Texas, the huge rest of Texas. I do know Ben Hogan.

      It is even colder tonight.

  2. Christer. Says:

    I think it barely rose above 32 here today but we did get some sunshine and there was no wind so the day was rather nice.

    I’ve started to fill the bird feeder every night so the birds can have an early breakfast if they so wish. All seeds spilled will be eaten by Albin and sometimes Nova 🙂

    I’ve also started the radiator in the dog house so it’ll be nice and warm when the dogs have to go there tomorrow morning. The dog house is so well built that the heat stays all day even if the power would break. The one once building it sure knew what he was doing 🙂

    Have a great day!

    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      I never went out. It stayed windy all day, and it got colder. It will be in the teens tonight.

      My feeders still need to be filled except for the one they never stop eat at. I’ve bought a different feeder to replace the one they hate. It’s still here in the kitchen. The dog doesn’t eat seeds but the spawns do.

      I’m home all day so all the animals all stay nice and cozy because I want to be warm and cozy. The heat is lower at night but not by much. Tonight will be really cold. Tomorrow will be in the high 30’s, above freezing. I have nowhere I have to go tomorrow.

      Have a great day!


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