“July is a blind date with summer.”

The morning is a delight. Right now it is 69˚ with lots of sun and the smallest of breezes. It will be a drying out day after three days of rain. It will also be a wash the kitchen floor day before I go crazy because of the muddy paw prints. They also go all the way down the hall.

Yesterday Nala counter surfed again. She took my English muffin. I found the plastic outside. She also hunted through a bag upstairs and stole a new Christmas ornament, a decorated cloth ornament. When she ran out the dog door, I knew she had something. She and I played tag for a while then she dropped the ornament. Later she stole a big package of tortillas. I remembered in a matter of seconds I had left them on the counter. When I went outside, Nala had the bag in her mouth. Two of the tortillas were sticking out of the bag. I chased her through the tall weeds in the back yard. She ran. I walked and called her the entire time. Finally she drop the tortillas and ate the two which had been hanging out of the bag. The last Nala theft was newspapers. I went out on the deck and found shredded paper and parts of the Sunday Globe. I collected all of it. It took a little while, and this morning I saw one I had missed in the yard. I’m thinking of belling the dog when she is inside so if I hear the rapid tolling off the bell I’ll know she is up to something. Good thing she is so cute.

When I was a kid, I was busy every summer day, even in a soft rain. I went to the park below my street and played games like horseshoes, tennis and softball. I made some crafts. I was a pro at lanyards made from gimp. I could also make bracelets in a flat sort of weaving pattern. I remember my biggest accomplishment was painting a wooden tray decorated with leaves and flowers. I so neatly painted I never once missed the pattern. I figured it was a talent honed by coloring inside the lines.

I can barely wait for movies on the deck season, but the nights are still a bit chilly. Last year I bought a few new movies, but we had no movie nights last year so they are still new movies. A couple are my favorite B science fiction movies in black and white. I can’t remember which creatures, but I think one has murderous aliens. Bring on the popcorn!!

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4 Comments on ““July is a blind date with summer.””

  1. Birgit Says:

    Maybe a big pot of blood-red hot beetroot soup on a cold summer murderous-aliens-night to keep you warm?

    • katry Says:

      Hi Birgit,
      I am not a beetroot fan so maybe some clam chowder or lobster bisque!

  2. Bob Says:

    Hi Kat,

    So Nala likes to counter surf? You have two choices, raise up your counter tops or get your dog shortened. 🙂

    You’re going to have to train her to stop that behavior ASAP or you will have a very fat and unhealthy dog. Maybe you can take her to the dog psychologist and get a group discount. 🙂 Did Nala share her stolen tortillas with Henry? Neither of my Greyhounds ever counter or table surfed.

    Today my handy couple finished the job replacing the rotten wood on the chimney and some other places around the exterior. Also, they painted the replacement pieces. The bill was higher than expected because of the high prices and shortages of materials. Normally, they would buy $50 a gallon paint. However, their supplier was out of that brand and they had to buy $80 a gallon paint. I’m just glad the job is done regardless of the increase. These folks did an excellent job.

    Today was warm with a high of 93°. There’s still cool temperatures and more rain forecast for the rest of the week. Where has been summer hiding? Portland or Seattle? It’s certainly not here in North Texas. 🙂

    • katry Says:

      Hi Bob,
      HaHa!! The third choice is to remember not to leave food on the counter within her reach. She got my shrimp today. Bah!!

      None of my other dogs have ever counter surfed. Henry doesn’t even check out the trash bag. Gracie used to steal meat packaging from the trash bag and would run outside with her treasures. Nala also runs outside figuring she could eat whatever she stole before I catch her. This would make for difficult training as I’d have to catch her in the act so I could make her know it is wrong. She is too smart too be caught.

      I’m glad the finished work looks good. For jobs like that I don’t look for the lowest estimate. I find a finish carpenter, not a talent of Skip’s. He does paint well.

      Today never got higher than 72˚, and the afternoon was chilly. It should get to 80 tomorrow but down to the 60’s at night. I’m okay with warm/hot days and cool nights.


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