“The storm starts, when the drops start dropping. When the drops stop dropping then the storm starts stopping.” 

The morning has started late for me. I let the dogs out early then I went back to bed. The dogs joined me. The one ring of the front doorbell woke us all up. It was my neighbor, and he was quite patient while I shooed Henry a couple of times then I opened the door. My neighbor had my overflowing mail from yesterday and today’s newspaper. I thanked him for his kindness. He always calls me Miss Kat.

The day is cloudy grey but warm without the wind. Today’s forecast calls for rain and snow with a high of 53˚ and a low of 22˚. The craziness of March weather continues. (It started pouring then it stopped.)

When I was a kid, a rainy, ugly Saturday meant being stuck in the house, my bike parked in the cellar. Sometimes I’d read in bed. It was quiet in my room. The only sounds were the rain drops against the window at the foot of my bed. Other Saturdays I’d watch the old science fiction movies from the 50’s. I still love those movies. The other day I watched Attack of the Crab Monsters. It was so wonderfully awful I bought it and two more Roger Corman’s for cheap money on E-Bay. I’m thinking a grand return, a red carpet event, to movies on the deck.

When I visited them for the weekend, Saturday nights at my parents’ house were always fun nights. My Uncle Jack always came. The kitchen was the center of activity. My mother served appies and had snacks like chips on the table. The small side of the counter was the bar. The card game was usually Hi-Lo Jack. At my parents’ table it got cutthroat. Sometimes there was music with the whole kitchen crowd singing. My uncle sang Bing Crosby songs. He always fancied himself a bit of a Bing. We all did too.

Tomorrow is a uke concert at the mall for St. Patrick’s Day. I’ll be bedecked and adorned in lots of green and shamrocks. I’ll be the one in the blinking green glasses and the shamrock fascinator.

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8 Comments on ““The storm starts, when the drops start dropping. When the drops stop dropping then the storm starts stopping.” ”

  1. Bob Says:

    Hi Kat,

    Today the sun was shining again and we got very little precipitation from the cold front yesterday. Today the temperature topped out at 58°. Tomorrow should be even warmer as drought conditions worsen.

    Today was a regular, no surprises, Saturday including going to the park, having Chinese food for lunch and relaxing at home this evening watching TV.

    When I was a kid, Saturday was the day my father took care of the lawn and I spent the day reading or playing with my electric trains, or building a model airplane when it was rainy outside. Otherwise, I was on my bike exploring the area. When I moved to NYC my cousin and I would take the train into Manhattan and explore the city. We would always stopped off at the paperback book store to buy a new book to read on the train going home. In those days the fare on the subway was fifteen cents and a book was twenty five cents.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Bob,
      We had a lot of rain. It rained just about the whole day. The cape got more rain than Boston. It will get warmer the next few days. Boston may get close to 70˚.

      I stayed around the house today. I was going out, but the weather wasn’t enticing so I stayed warm at home.

      In the winter, my father did his errands on Saturday morning. He went to the Chinese laundry, the barbershop and to visit his friend’s drug store. He was home in the afternoon. If I had the money, I’d take the bus to Sullivan Square and then get on the subway to downtown. I also loved to explore the city, and Boston has so much to see.

      • Bob Says:

        It’s interesting that men in those days went to the barber at least every other week. I get my hair cut monthly. My uncle used to hang out at the local drug store owned by his friend the druggist. That was the first store in the neighborhood that had air conditioning. He spent many hours there in the summer.

      • katry Says:

        My father usually went for a trim rather than a cut. He’d drop in to say hi to his friends, but he never stayed too long. I don’t remember what he did for the rest of a winter Saturday.

  2. Birgit Says:

    I hope someone will publish this uke concert on YouTube too, red Kat was great and now I’d love to see and hear St. Patrick’s Day green Kat 🙂

    • katry Says:

      It is the husband one of the uke players who did the filming. I hope he does tomorrow as we will all be so deck out in green.

  3. lilydark Says:

    Hi Kat,
    Wish I could see you at the uke concert. Days are sunny but night are cold for us here. Kind of bone chilling cold. I don’t recall watching T.V. on a Saturday, I think I read. Of course my memory is sort of vague.
    Take care,
    Lori and Cookie

    • katry Says:

      Hi Lori,
      Maybe it will be filmed again so you can see a bit of it.

      We go down to the 30’s or even lower at night. Today it rained most of the day. The dogs came in wet.

      Saturday morning television was all kids’ shows when I was growing up. After those shows came Creature Double Feature in the afternoon. It is so wonder Saturday TV was my all time favorite back in the day.

      Take care!!

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