“If you feel stuck, move. You’re not a tree.”

The weather and I are twins of a sort. Every day the weather has been damp and cloudy and sometimes rainy. The sky is a lighter grey this morning but still no sun. The weather and I share a rut. Every day I drag myself out of bed, ask Alexa the weather and go downstairs. I let the dogs out, yes I am the one, and I make coffee. I read the Globe and save the Cape Times for when I’m done writing.

This morning feels closed in hot because of the high humidity, 83%. Outside is already in the mid 70’s, but my house is holding the night’s cool for a while. I’ve decided to have a bagel for breakfast, the same bagels Nala stole but I saved.

The sun is making as break of it from behind the clouds. It comes for a bit, gives hope of a lovely day then disappears again. It has done that a couple of times.

My movie genre of choice of late has been disaster films, mostly meteors, a couple of lava spewing volcanoes and real cold, the turning everybody into Lot’s wife cold. The conversations about the dinosaurs caught my attention because there are none. My choice for planet wide destruction would be a meteor: I’m thinking quick ands easy. Just to calm your fears, most of us survived the variety of disasters. They are, after all, only movies.

Right now a meteor is destroying the Earth a little at a time, a few shards here and there. The water is bad, and drinking it will give you a painful death. Just keep walking.

When I was a kid, we never watched TV during the day except on Saturdays. That morning was devoted to kid’s programming. A lot of the half hour shows were westerns. I got my fill of good guys and bad guys. The black hat signified a baddie. Conversely white was a good guy, and that hat pretty much stayed on our hero’s head during fisticuffs. I don’t even think it got dirty. We never watched all the programs. Saturday was calling.

During the week, the late afternoon was TV watching if we had our homework done. Superman and The Mickey Mouse Club are the two I remember the most. Sometimes dinner was too early, and I had to sit at the kitchen table and crane my neck to see the end of my programs. Such were the trials and tribulations of a kid growing up in the 50’s and 60’s.

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14 Comments on ““If you feel stuck, move. You’re not a tree.””

  1. Bob Says:

    Hi Kat,

    The Mickey Mouse Club was an after school must see in our house in the 1950s. I think every boy in the country, including me, had a crush on Annett Funichello. Of course, my love of the show began in the summer of 1955 when we drove out to Los Angeles for a vacation including a day at Disneyland. On the way home we stopped in Las Vegas for a couple of days which even then was the Disneyland for adults.

    Today, is another mostly sunny day with a high temperature of only 91°. More rain along with lower than normal temperatures is forecasted from Sunday through much of next week. Not having at least one triple digit day during the summer is very unusual. We average 20 days a year of 100°+ temperatures. This year, not even one day at 100°, yet. Out in Death Valley California the thermometer hit 130° The other day which beat an all time high for the United States of 129°, which was also recorded in Death Valley.

    A toasted bagel with butter or cream cheese is one my favorite breakfasts. Throw on a couple of strips of lox and I’m in foodie paradise.

    This morning I had to go and have my blood drawn for my annual physical. My doctor refuses to renew my blood pressure medicine without charging my insurance company an exorbitant amount of money to spend 10 minutes with me a year. 🙂 Whatever happened to bedside manner?

    I’m not into disaster movies because they are all too predictable. The very first one was a movie made by and starred, John Wayne, “The High and the Mighty”. It was made in 1954 and was the first disaster movie. It was taken from a book by my favorite author, Earnest K. Gann. Of course it’s an airplane movie.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Bob,
      I loved all the music and the video series they showed the Mickey Mouse Club like The Hardy Boys and Spin and Marty. They also had great guests. I’ve never made it to any Disney Park, but I’m okay with that.

      The sun finally came out in the afternoon. It got hot to go along with all the humidity. I turned on my AC. The house was already up to 77˚, the high for the day. Today’s local paper reminded people about the drought on the cape. I had to go out and was glad the roads were only medium bad.

      I am not a lox fan but I do love bagels. I also like biscottis and haven’t had one for a while. Maybe tomorrow.

      My blood draw was also today but it is to measure how much medication in my system. I’ve had to go 5 times in the last 4 weeks.

      Disaster movies sometimes have surprise endings, but they do need a predictable sort of ending or the world would be destroyed or eaten by the disaster. A happy ending means we have survived the disaster. We have had many disasters, real ones, of late. Flooding seems to be the newest.

      I remember The High and the Mighty. It is one of the few John Wayne movies I like.

      • Bob Says:

        Disneyland was great when I was eight years old. My wife and I went to the one in California for my 40th birthday and it was fun and nostalgic. When I had to take my kids it was not as much fun. Riding around in little boats listening to the song “It’s a Small, Small World” five or six times is not fun. 🙁 We took them to the parks in Orlando. I enjoyed Epcot because it was like a permanent world’s fair.

        Is your doctor trying you out for a job as a pin cushion? 🙂 I hate getting blood drawn anytime. 🙁

        Like you, I’m not a John Wayne fan either. He always played the same character, John Wayne. However, “The High and the Mighty” was one of Hollywood’s first independent films produced in Hollywood and happened to be a company owned by John Wayne.

      • katry Says:

        I have only been to San Diego and haven’t ever been to Florida. I would like to see Epcot. Kids today are far more used to games on things like their tablets, fast and quick!

        I take a blood thinner, and the count has been off. It was far too high, then okay for a week, then low. It is on the high end of acceptable today.

  2. hedley Says:

    The Ruhr Valley is getting it, Kat have you heard from the Bochum Belle ?

    • Birgit Says:

      Alive and dry 🙂 Wow, news even reached the States? Thanks for asking, Hedley!

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,

      She answered quickly, even before I read any comments.

      I didn’t watch the game but I did keep checking. Good for the Bochum Belle, not good for My Dear Hedley.

  3. Birgit Says:

    We currently don’t need fictional disaster movies here. We’ve had rain. Torrential rain. Many towns and villages are flooded and bridges, streets, rails and houses are broken or gone. Deaths counts are rising. (Do you remember the suspension rail video? This town is flooded too.) No problem where I live but the river flooded some southern parts of town. The rain has stopped, we still just have to worry about some dams and levees. Well, at least this summer we don’t have a drought.

    • katry Says:

      Birgit,
      That is awful, the flooding. Parts of the US too are fighting torrential rains and flooding. Houses and cars float through the roaring water. We are in drought here on the cape. The rain which the rest of the state got bypassed us.

      This summer weather has already bee horrible with heat waves breaking records and night getting colder that other summers. We are hot and humid now. My AC is on. I need it.

    • Hedley Says:

      Birgit, stay safe, your friends are thinking about you and your neighbors

      • Birgit Says:

        Thanks, Hedley, no major problems were I live but the pictures from the southern part of this state and also Rhineland-Palatinate and East-Belgium are devastating. More than 1000 people are reported missing. May be just a communication problem because these regions often lost power and phone connections so there is still some hope.

  4. Christer. Says:

    Sunny and hot here again but today there’s a wind blowing and it actually blows trhrough the open windows upstairs, so for once it is cooler up here by the computer than down by the tv 🙂

    It’s so warm thatt if I look at tv I’ll fall asleep 🙂 So no matter how much I would like to see a good disaster film I really can’t 🙂 🙂 I do however follow what is happening in Germany and Belgium, horrible what has happened there!

    Have a great dya!

    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Christer,
      The heat has returned here but the sun is still hiding. It may rain, and we need it badly though not as badly as out west. Tomorrow is a rain definitely day.

      I fell asleep the other night with the light on, my iPad opened and me still in glasses. I was tired I guess. The dog woke me up. Nala was crying for me to let Henry into the bedroom. I did, and the three of us went back to sleep.

  5. Les Says:

    Like you, I’ve grown up in the 50’s & 60’s. Coming home from school I had to do my homework first, before watching any TV. The Howdy Doody Show, with Buffalo Bob, Clarabell, & Mr. Bluster are always shows I remember from the past. Going outside to play in the street with other kids my age was common. Playing “Kick The Can” & “Hopscotch” were games we played often. However, when I was called to come in I’d better be there!

    Weather here in PA is pretty darn HOT right now. Too hot to do much outside at all. I do what I can for a short time outside to keep our home nice. Go back out in the evening when it’s a bit cooler. We have not had that much rain. Ground is drying out. The forecast is for some T-storms, but they never seem to show up. We could use the rain. Be well, Katry.


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