“Trains are wonderful…. To travel by train is to see nature and human beings, towns and churches, and rivers, in fact, to see life.”

The morning is partly sunny but cooler than it has been. The high will only be 60˚. It’s a stay at home and enjoy doing nothing day. Yesterday I potted the succulents, made my bed and vacuumed the hall and kitchen. I felt accomplished again. Sadly, though, the laundry still haunts me.

Last night the white lights on my fence were not lit. That used to happen often when the spawns ate the wires. I went out to check and none were eaten. I then noticed the extension cord was missing. Immediately I knew who took it. That would be the marauder Nala. Why I have no idea. I guess it is like mountain climbing, because it was there. I looked and saw the cord on the driveway below my deck. It was intact so I connected the lights.

I am watching classic horror movies. First it was The Mummy’s Ghost from 1944 and now Werewolf of London from 1935. I have a whole day of black and white horror movies to watch, and I have plenty of popcorn.

When I was a kid, Saturday was the best day. In the winter I went to the matinee. The rest of the year I explored all over town on foot or on my bike. Riding my bike gave me free range. Walking led me to trails and my favorite, the railroad tracks.

The train ran when I was young. My grandparents’ house was down the road from the tracks. I used to stand on their front steps to watch the train. The terminus for the railroad was a shortish walk from my house and just beyond the station, built in 1895 which still stands on its original spot. Across the street from the station were four or five tracks side by side, just ending and heading nowhere. I used the tracks as shortcuts. I remember a clear stream flowing from a grassy hill where I’d stop to take a drink. We always jumped the double OO railroad ties to protect my mother’s back. I never rode on that train. In my lifetime it didn’t carry passengers, only freight. All of that is gone now except for the station at the terminus and the station master’s house up the street from my grandparents where the tracks used to be.

The only train I ever rode when I was growing up was the subway out of Sullivan Square. In Ghana I rode the train usually from Accra to Kumasi or down the coast toward Takoradi. I loved that train. First class was right out of Agatha Christie. There were comfy leather chairs and doors to shut for a bit of privacy. Think Harry Potter’s train to Hogwarts. In Europe I often rode trains. My favorite was the train from Helsinki to Leningrad. At the border between the two countries, the passenger car I was in was attached to a Russian train. My friend and I and an African studying in Russia were the only passengers in that car. There was a burly attendant who plied us with tea.

If I were rich, I would take the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express as far as I could. That would be the ultimate train ride.

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6 Comments on ““Trains are wonderful…. To travel by train is to see nature and human beings, towns and churches, and rivers, in fact, to see life.””

  1. Christer. Says:

    Chilly and sunny here today, I haven’t done much though because I was hit by a stomach flu during the night. I’m really tired but can’t really say that I feel especially sick. Long naps between the walks though 🙂

    I love to go by train when I can, not especially often since I really wouldn’t want Albin or Alma with me 🙂 🙂 🙂 The halter really is a miracle though, two walks today and no hurting shoulders! She isn’t happy about it but I am 🙂 🙂

    Have a great day!

    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Christer,
      I’m sorry about your getting the flu. Long naps will help. Last year I didn’t get a flu shot as we were stuck inside most of the flu season, but I have already gotten mine this year as well as a pneumonia shot. With flu vaccine, though, it is hit or miss.

      I used to use a halter with Gracie. Nala came with a choke collar, but I attach the leash to her regular collar. Henry just has the collar. He chewed through 2 halters so even though I have a third, I haven’t used it. They are guaranteed for life. I don’t like to fluster him.

      Be well!!!

  2. Birgit Says:

    Hi Kat, just a quick note. Busy times, I’m away from home for maybe a few weeks with only bad mobile internet. I hope I can occasionally read your blog and I just saw that I already missed some great music, but comments are unlikely for now. I’ll be back when I’m back home. I don’t want to miss KTCC christmas stories and music!

    Trains: I went to this place by train just after a big storm, it was chaotic, I had to take whichever train was running a little bit southwards at all, saw more ugly cold stations without helping informations than ever and finally arrived after 13 hours late at night. Yes, I love trains but this day I wished i’ve had a car.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Birgit,
      Bad internet drives me crazy. In Ghana it is slow, but at least they have it now, even Internet cafes.

      Nothing much going on so the blog is a bit boring of late though Nala’s antics do still rate a bit of the blog every day. My music choices have been all sorts of genres of late because I hunt for videos from all over as most of the YouTube videos are giving me those famous error messages.

      I was on a Ghanaian train which derailed and knocked me out of bed. I thought it was pretty exciting. No one was hurt. I wish there were more opportunities for long train rides here.

      Take care and good travels!

  3. Bob Says:

    Hi Kat,

    Today was my slough day because I had a slight reaction from my booster shot yesterday afternoon. I just stayed in bed most of the day. My symptoms were low grade fever and ach in my lower back. I also have soreness at the injection site. By evening I’m feeling better. This was a similar symptoms to the second shot. The weather has been beautiful with highs in the mid 80s.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Bob,
      I’m sorry about the reaction, but you must be relieved to know you are even more protected. My shingles shot next week means a two week delay before my booster.

      Cool today and rain tomorrow are what I can look forward to the next couple of days!


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