“I knew I was going to take the wrong train, so I left early.”

This morning I was late to the day. It was close to eleven before I got out of bed, but it had been a late night, a close to 4:00 am late night, before I turned off the light.

Today is lovely with a bright sun and an endless blue sky, but it is cold. I have nowhere I need to go, but I do have a list for the weekend. Today is wash day. Tomorrow is dump day. I may even change my sheets, but that might be far too ambitious.

I need to walk around the house with my eyes closed. This morning while I was waiting for my coffee I noticed the bottom bookcase shelves were dusty so I cleaned them. When I went to pour my coffee, I noticed the shelf on the stove needed cleaning so I cleaned it. This has to stop!

When I was a kid, we used to walk all over town. I remember walking on the train tracks and stopping at a pipe which extended just a bit from the bottom of a grassy hillside. Water flowed from the pipe into a sort of hole below the pipe formed by the course of the water. It was clear water so we’d stop for a drink. Not far beyond the pipe, the tracks crossed the road where the red store was on one side and a box factory was on the other. I remember seeing mostly guys sitting outside on the steps of the factory having a smoke break. We always walked to the end of the tracks, to where the station was and where there were a couple of lines of tracks. On one track, a single car sat. I always looked in the windows, and I always wished I could ride that train.

Saturday is my favorite day of the week dating back to Saturday morning TV shows and a bowl of Rice Krispies.

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6 Comments on ““I knew I was going to take the wrong train, so I left early.””

  1. Bob Says:

    Hi Kat,

    I was always facinated with trains when I was a kid. I had a set of Lionel electric trains that I would set up and spend hours playing with in my room. I loved that you could put little pellets into the locomotive smoke stack and it would puff white smoke as it ran around the track. It also had a steam engine whistle tender. I could blow the whistle from the transformer comtrols. You and I were born at the beginning of the end of the romantic period of trains. I remember watching The movie, “North by Northwest” and fantasizing about meeting a beautiful lady on a train trip like Cary Grant. 🙂 Todsy, Amtrak is but a shell of what interstate train travel was in the 1950s. Today, freight trains no longer have a caboose. They just boringly end. 🙁

    Saturday mornings was my time to watch all the kid shows on the TV and eat cold cereal with out milk for breakfast. Today, I spend Saturday mornings on my iPad keeping up with friends but I don’t eat any cereal any longer. 🙂

    Today is a beautiful day with clear skies and a high temperature forecast to be near 70°. I’m still thinking about how to fill up the rest of the day.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Bob,
      Whenever I can, I have traveled by train. The most amazing train ride was in South America through the Andes, through banana growing regions, up and down a switchback and finally ending at the coast. I have ridden trains all over Europe and in Ghana. If I had the money, I’d take the Orient Express in the refurbished original train cars.

      This country has made a huge mistake by not keeping train travel. viable. There are a couple of routes I’d wish to take.

      I remember the ending of North by Northwest when Cary helped Eva down from the top berth in their sleeper.

      I still eat Raisin Bran Crunch. I like to add bananas. It is more of a snack for me than breakfast.

      Enjoy your weather!

      • Bob Says:

        I don’t think that the demise of passenger intercity trains was a mistake, but a reality. Air travel over the long distances in this country was more appealing and economically successful. The Railroad companies couldn’t compete with the airlines. The only train routes that can be revised are the Northeast corridor, Boston to NYC to Washington DC, and possibly high speed trains such as Dallas to Houston where a round trip can be completed in one day.

      • katry Says:

        Other countries maintain wonderful rail systems. I have taken trains in several different countries. They roll along sometimes where cars can’t go, and there is never a traffic snarl.

        Sitting in a car for hours from one place to another pales when I think about walking around on the train, looking out the window, eating in the dining car and especially sleeping on the train. Now with having to wear masks on a plane, I’d love a private compartment on a train where I can sit and enjoy the world whizzing by me, but alas, there are some places where I’d have no choice but to fly. Ghana is 10 and 1/2 hours by plane. I don’t know if I can stand wearing a mask that long in a closed environment. I know I’d get a meal but that hardly seems long enough.

  2. Christer. Says:

    We had a nice little walk to the lake in the bog today, The sun shone almost all the time and the strong wind couldn’t reach us since the forest took almost all of it. A bit on the cold side but really nice anyway.

    I’ve always like trains and have had a couple of medel railroads in my life. I have one now, the next to smallest size but I can’t have it in the open if I’m not at home, the cats would do what they could to investigate it way too much 🙂 🙂 🙂

    Have a great day!

    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      The wind makes for a really cold winter’s day. It lowers the temperature and ruins perfectly sunny days. I was amazed how cold it felt when I got the papers.

      Maybe you could somehow cover the model train tracks with a cloth, anything to fool the cats.

      Have a great Saturday!!


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