“I feel the need to endanger myself every so often.” 

Today is another delightful day with lots of sun and a bit of warmth, 77˚ of warmth. My deck needs to be opened, but I’m stuck with this injury and knowing me, I’d do something to cause more injury. I also still need to shop for my flowers and herbs. The only flowers on the deck were brought by my friends Bill and Peg when they visited. Those flowers are a profusion of colors on the drab deck and are in the most delightful planter shaped like a bear. Bill made the bear. Bill is talented.

Nala stole two books. I saw them in the yard when I was standing on the deck yesterday. They had been in the living room waiting to be put into my little library. I watched that canine felon pick up one of the books and run the yard. The other book she tore apart just for the sheer joy of it. That dog makes me laugh, but she is a pip.

When I was a kid, Saturday was always the best day of the week. In the winter, I went to the matinee at the theater uptown. It never really mattered what the movie was. I loved them all. We got to see not only the movie but also some cartoons. The Road Runner was and still is one of my favorites. I love his beep beep and the cloud of dust around his feet. The Road Runner is the nemesis of Wile E. Coyote. He and his Acme dynamite never catch the Road Runner but not from lack of trying. When I was older, I got the play on words of Wile E. Coyote’s name. I love that he has a middle initial.

Spring and summer Saturdays were the crown glories of the week. I never stayed home. Either I rode my bike or walked all over town. My favorite walk was on the railroad tracks, now gone from my little town. I used to jump the double OO tracks so I wouldn’t break my mother’s back. I was skeptical about the power of those tracks, but I didn’t want to risk my mother’s back. I remember stopping for a drink at a pipe with flowing, clear water. It came out of a small hillside. The train station was at the end of the tracks. It still stands and has been used in a variety of ways over the years. I wish I had been around when it was an actual station. I did see trains run on those tracks from my grandparents’ house. The trains stopped at E.L.Patch Company beside the tracks. The name, the lettering, was on a long black sign toward the top of the building. I remember it from when I was a kid. I had no idea what the E.L.Patch Company sold but later found out it was pharmaceuticals. I used to dream about jumping on that train and leaving for parts unknown. I was never scared for the ride. I knew I’d bring a lunch, probably a PB & J sandwich, some cookies, Oreos if there were any left, and Zarex, orange Zarex, in my thermos. My love of adventure always came along for the ride, whether it was real or imagined.

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10 Comments on ““I feel the need to endanger myself every so often.” ”

  1. Christer. Says:

    Rather nice over here as well but I’ve a cold so I really haven’t been able to enjoy it especially much.

    Alma rarely steal anything now days, not since I started to put mashed banana and peanut butter inside a Kong toy. I leave it on the counter and after we’ve gone upstairs and to bed she runs down and takes it. It seems she’s happy as long as she think she actually stole it 🙂 🙂 🙂

    Have a great day!

    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Christer,
      I’m sorry about your cold. I always think the worst colds are in the spring and summer. I hope you’ll feel better quickly.

      I used to think Nala just did stuff when I was out, but she also does it when I’m home. I wonder if she she is bored. There are tons of toys in the basket so she can play with those, but I guess she’d rather steal my stuff.

      It is the dog door which makes her thefts possible. She can sneak right out to the yard. I am always amazed at what I see all over that yard.

      Feel better!!

  2. Bob Says:

    Hi Kat,

    Sunny with a high right now of only 102°. They were predicting a high of 103°. Today we broke the century mark about three weeks earlier than the average year. We’ve had a hot May and a very dry spring.

    Saturday’s were always the best day of the week when I was a kid. We watched the kids shows in the morning and played outside the rest of the day. In the summer we spent most afternoons in the public pool near our house. So far this year we haven’t christened our backyard pool yet. Today it’s almost too hot to go swimming. 🙂

    Stealing books would be the red line that your klepto dog has crossed. To me all books are precious and valuable. If she could read them I would understand her stealing them. Or even if they smelled and tasted sweet. However, dragging them into the backyard and tearing them up is beyond my understanding. Have you thought about giving her a swift kick in the rear end? 🙂 That is after your leg has fully healed.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Bob,
      Wow!! I don’t think we have ever reached 100˚ here on the cape. Even 90˚ is rare. We hit themed 70’s today which was just perfect weather.

      The town pool was at the other end of town, a distance away from where I lived. It used to cost a dime. We’d walk in both directions. Going home was the hardest after walking there and swimming all afternoon. My sisters used to run through the sprinkler.

      I wouldn’t hurt my dog for doing something she has no idea is wrong. One of the books was left in my library by someone. It is a romance, something I’d never read so I’m okay with that one in the yard. My mistake was putting them under the desk where she could reach them. I have learned not to leave food around so now I have to learn to leave nothing around which she might enjoy playing with outside. She is a pip that dog.

      I’m so tired of this leg and injury!!

      • Bob Says:

        I didn’t mean to literally kick her in the rear, but to firmly scold her. Worse than the temperature is the humidity. The heat index was around 108° today. Tomorrow might be even hotter. 🙂 When you live at the same latitude as the Sahara desert hot is normal in the summertime. Some summers are hotter than others. This one may turn out to be a scorcher similar to our worst summer of 1980.

      • katry Says:

        You have to catch a dog in the act as catching her later means a disconnect between the act and the scolding. Nala is tricky.

        I don’t remember feeling all that hot during my camel ride in the Sahara. I do remember it was chilly at night. The beds in the hostel had blankets. I needed mine.

        I handled the heat in Ghana for those two years, often above 100˚, but I knew it was temporary. There was no AC back then. I used to take my shower, cold water as I didn’t have hot ,then I’d jump into bed still wet and let the air dry me. It was cooling.

  3. lilydark Says:

    Kat,
    Do you think Nala is part of the banned books movement? We are having a small heatwave here, but my bedroom stays cool. I like Saturdays also. My adventure today is going to see John John McCutcheon at the Freight and Salvage. I haven’t been out for a very long time.
    Much Love,
    Lori and Ms. Cookie

    • katry Says:

      Lori,
      One was a romance novel, which I would never read, so Nala could have her way with it. I’d hate to think they were the banned books as I have read and like most of them.

      I hope you enjoyed the concert. He is a favorite of mine.

      Staying inside gets to me so I am always glad for an excuse to go out. My first play of the season was last night. I was so excited as the theater was dark the last two summers. It was Grease and a wonderful choice.

      Take care!

  4. lilydark Says:

    Kat,
    I posted a comment. I hope you received it.


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