“Boston has two seasons: August and winter.”

The weather was perfect yesterday. Today will be the same. I’m going to Hyannis, the big city. I hope I don’t look like a rube.

Yesterday was a banner day. I finally did my laundry, three larger than life loads. Now I know where all my clothes have been hiding. Hauling the piles up two flights of stairs was the worst part. One load is still in the dryer. I just couldn’t carry another load. I’ll finish tomorrow. I do feel accomplished.

When I was a kid, we went to Boston a few times a year: in the summer and near Christmas. In the summer, It was usually on a Sunday. I remember going to the Public Garden, sitting by the lagoon and being amazed at how friendly the squirrels were, coming up and begging for peanuts which, conveniently, were sold from carts on the street. The squirrels would come up to us, and we could feed them by hand. I was thrilled. I was feeding wildlife. We’d take a ride on the swan boats. I was impressed that they were powered by pedaling. In the middle of the lagoon was a swan’s nest. I never saw eggs or baby swans, but I did see the couple, the adult swans, swimming together.

Our winter trip to Boston was for Christmas. We’d go look at the decorated store windows and the Boston Common where all the trees were filled with lights. I remember once my father bought us roasted chestnuts from a cart. I wasn’t particularly impressed. They tasted awful. Our next trip to Boston was to go to Jordan Marsh to see Santa and the Enchanted Village. My mother took us by bus to Sullivan Square and then we took the subway to get to Boston. That was always so exciting, the subway and Santa in one day.

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4 Comments on ““Boston has two seasons: August and winter.””

  1. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    I was uninspired to work the last few days. The laundry was in the dryer for a couple of days until I dragged it out this morning. I was walking the dogs around the outside of the house and figured I might as well stop by the laundry room door and fish it all out. Then I had to drag the full laundry bag around the yard while the dogs procrastinated. I had dishes in the sink for a couple of days, too, but ran out of spoons this morning so I did them.

    My parents took us to Boston to see the Icecapades and to be on Big Brother or Boomtown. I’m told my mother took me to Barnum and Bailey circus when I was three but I don’t remember a thing about that. I have fond memories of driving across the Mystic River Bridge at dawn. I don’t know why we had to be so early but the bridge was lovely in the early morning light.

    Yesterday was lovely weather. Today started well but turned grey and cloudy.

    Enjoy the day.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      My dishwasher needs to be run, I’ll do that tonight. I still have to do one more load of laundry, but I needed a break after such large loads I had to fold and take upstairs. I killed my back doing the toting and carrying. My new cleaning lady started Tuesday. I think I’ll have a party!!

      I did go to Boston and saw the Roy Rogers Show with all of them, even Nellie Bell. We were in the first row. I still remember, and I wasn’t very old.

      I had an outdoor uke concert today. It stayed pleasant.

  2. Bob Says:

    Hi Kat,

    Yet another beautiful day with a few scattered clouds and a delightful high temperature of only 86°.

    Today we went back to North Dallas out of boredom. We drove by the lot where the condominium building used to be. It was destroyed by the tornado which struck two years ago on the twentieth of this month. Sadly, the condominium board didn’t have enough insurance to replace the building as it was and I’m sure the law suits are flying. I’m so glad that we sold our unit in July of 2020 and don’t live there anymore.

    I remember eating roasted chestnuts, bought from sidewalk vendors in NYC at Christmas time. I didn’t like them then or now. 🙁 I don’t like pumpkin spice anything either. 🙁

    • katry Says:

      Hi Bob,
      We had a nice warm day, a beautiful fall day on Cape Cod with temperatures in the 70’s. It will rain into tomorrow. I’m always glad for rain.

      That is amazingly lucky that you sold before the destruction. I can’t imagine the board not protecting its property. They deserve the lawsuits.

      I always have a chestnut dish at Christmas. My favorite is a chestnut roll, like a bouche d’noel. It is not an easy bake with the rolling of the cake and all. I’ve also made a soup with chestnuts. They do taste good if you don’t eat right out of the shell. I like pumpkin except I’m not a fan of pumpkin pie.


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