“Sunday on the beach, having sea shells in the pocket, sand in the shoes, was the day to refuel our souls and be grateful for the blessings.”

The morning is lovely, and the breeze is a strong one coming from the north. I suspect it is a gift from Mother Nature to compensate for the heat wave starting tomorrow. Humidity is already seeping into the air. I’m indelicately sweating, and all I am doing is sitting on the couch typing.

Nala woke me up this morning. I could hear her crying. I got up to check and found her trying to get through the cat room barrier, the gate. She was crying as if she something had happened to her. I looked and Gwen, the cat, was the cause. She was sitting just out of reach of Nala’s head. It made chuckle. Cats are sly and intelligent, a fun combination. After the crying, Nala and Henry chased each other on and off my bed. They drove me crazy. It was all because I didn’t bar the bedroom door last night to keep Nala inside the room. I hoped she’d last through the night. She didn’t. Nala peed on my dining room floor again. She lasts all night in my bedroom but uses my dining room if she is free. Right now both dogs are sleeping. Nala is beside me on the couch. I really want to keep waking her up, but that makes little sense.

I watched a Hallmark Christmas movie this morning. Every house is decorated outside, and each inside is a Christmas wonderland, even in the houses of people who don’t want to celebrate Christmas. Every movie has a happy ending. That is a lot of sweetness to swallow, but after the year we’ve all had, nothing beats the sweetness of a Christmas movie.

When I was a kid, summer Sundays were different than Sundays during the rest of the year. In the winter, we stayed around the house to be there for Sunday dinner, and in the afternoons we often went to East Boston to visit my grandparents. We always had to go to mass regardless of the weather or the season. In winter, it was whatever mass at no particular time. In summer it was early mass so we could have the rest of the day to go to the beach. Other people had the same plans so the church was overflowing, even to people standing in the foyer. I remember sitting on the top step, and people were standing right behind me. I always thought the stairs were the best seats in the house, in the church but out of the church. I could talk and not even in whispers. I always left early.

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6 Comments on ““Sunday on the beach, having sea shells in the pocket, sand in the shoes, was the day to refuel our souls and be grateful for the blessings.””

  1. Bob Says:

    Hi Kat,

    Today is a repeat of yesterday’s weather and I will probably go out to the pool again later today.

    When I was a little kid in NYC, we either spent the months of July and August in a bungalow colony in the Catskill mountains or at a beach house at Rockaway beach in Queens. I’m not a fan of the beach. I hate the sand and the saltwater. Who knows what kind of creatures might decide to come close to the shore and attack? Give me a nice swimming pool any day.

    How’s your eye doing today? I hope it’s healing quickly.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Bob,
      I don’t love salt water but I do love the beach. My friends and I often went to a 4-wheel beach. We stayed into the evening and cooked food over a fire. We had to have a fire permit.

      When I was little, we went often to the beach. There were a couple of lakes nearby, and we went to those as well.

      We couldn’t afford a cottage, but we did stay at a friend’s place in Ogunquit, Maine. I was never a fan. The cottages were small and near each other. The water was cold.

      Thanks about eye. Last night it hurt quite a bit. The puncture has stopped hurting but the laceration is where the pain is, but it is getting better!!

  2. William Says:

    Our UNH housemother, who came from an upper crust NYC, said her husband told her:”Horses sweat, men perspire, and women glow.” We’ll all be glowing or perspiring this week.
    Right now we’re in the pool.

    • katry Says:

      Bill,
      I will definitely be aglow. Just sitting here with eh breeze at my back is wonderful. I want an ice cream delivery!

  3. Christer. Says:

    We had a cool start of the day and it was quite nice. I still had some fever during the night so I stayed at home today, tomorrow I’ll go back to work again.

    It looks like the heatwave will be interrupted by a cold front with some rain on Wednesday, naturally it will rain while my car is at the garage getting a new exhaust system 🙂 🙂 I really don’t mind because we need that water.

    Have a great day!

    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Christer,
      I’m glad to hear you are feeling better. I hate waiting until I feel better especially if I’m stuck in bed. Wait until you wakeup to see if you are really well enough for work.

      We also need rain, but we aren’t getting any until maybe Sunday. Boston is having its second heat wave of the year which started today. We haven’t had one yet here on the cape for which I am quite happy even though it is still hot. Neither dog does well in the heat. The next two days will be quite hot.

      I hope all is well!!


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