“What fun is it being cool if you can’t wear a sombrero?” 

Hooray!! The pins are gone. I saw the surgeon at the ungodly hour of eight this morning when he pulled out the pins and checked my finger. Even though the finger is still swollen at the knuckle, and the stitches have yet to disappear he was pleased and said it looked better than he had expected. He was surprised I hadn’t started therapy yet so I expect that will happen next week. Road to recovery here I come!

My dance is empty for most of the week. I only need to take Henry to the vet’s. That will be the only day I wear outside clothes.

My grandmothers wore old lady clothes, the same as all other old ladies. They wore flowered dresses with buttons and fronts which showed little neck. Their shoes were heels, thick, short heels. Stockings were a part of every ensemble. On rainy days one of my grandmothers wore a plastic rain bonnet and covered her shoes in plastic boots with a button across the fronts to close them. In the house aprons covered their dresses, aprons with bibs. My mother never wore old lady clothes though when I was young she sometimes wore a house dress. I don’t remember when it happened, but only lady clothes went out of fashion. Now, old ladies wear whatever they want. I swear high tops and sweatshirts.

On the way home this morning I stopped to buy an apple and a blueberry pastry. I had the apple with coffee and was kind enough to share with the dogs. The crumbled paper was on the table after we had finished. Nala gave me a look then stole the paper and ran into the yard. I didn’t bother to chase the brazen dog. I’ll just do a yard clean-up later. Speaking of Nala, she had her well dog vet visit yesterday. Miss Nala now weighs in at 61 pounds. The vet thought she looked great, in perfect condition. She had a couple of shots and a blood draw. Her nails were also trimmed. The tech who brought her back to me said she is sweet, and I am lucky they gave her back to me. Henry goes next week.

When I was a kid, I always thought life was easy. I liked school. I didn’t like church but only once a week was bearable, and it was more bearable if I sneaked in a book to read. Saturday was my favorite day. I could pick from so many things to do. I loved the matinee at the movie theater uptown. I got not only a movie but also cartoons and a candy bar. In the winter I could ice skate until my feet hurt. In the summer I could go swimming at the pool for only a dime. My bike was always at the ready. Most times I skated and swam with friends, but I was usually by myself when I went bike riding. I liked it that way. I could wherever I wanted.

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8 Comments on ““What fun is it being cool if you can’t wear a sombrero?” ”

  1. Bob Says:

    Hi Kat,

    Glad to hear your finger is doing better than expected and that your doctor removed the pins. I hope removing the pins wasn’t too painful. It’s hard for me to believe that I am now considered an old man by some folks’ standard, such as Social Security. Although, I don’t dress like my grandfathers did, thank goodness. My standard, for old age, is that old age is ten years older than I am right now. I’m expecting to become an old person at 85 years young. 🙂

    When I’m not working, I wear golf shirts and blue jeans or shorts depending on the weather. I also wear athletic shoes, New Balance brand fit me best. During the week I wear a business casual uniform of either long sleeve blue, button down collar, shirts, or navy blue golf shirts with charcoal gray dress slacks and dress shoes. My grandfathers always wore suits. They wore the suit vests when it was warm weather and they hung their jackets on the backs of their chairs while they were relaxing outside. I remember that they always wore leather oxford style, lace up shoes daily the year round. They also always wore a tie and a hat. I can’t remember if either of them ever looked relaxed even on the weekends. Both of my grandfathers were bald so they wore hats to kept them from getting sunburned on their heads. They each had fedoras in winter and straw fedoras in summer. As I have aged, my bald spot has enlarged. However, I hate wearing a hat even in the winter time. I look funny wearing any kind of hat. In the summer I wear a baseball cap outside around the pool to keep my head from getting sunburned.

    Like you, growing up was easy, but seemed to take forever. I couldn’t wait to become an adult. Unfortunately, now time seems to speed along at “Warp factor 5, so beam me up Scotty”. 🙂

    Today the weather is cloudy with a little light drizzle. Earlier we went to vote early. As usual, I voted for everyone who is a Republican incumbent. In Texas that’s almost every candidate that had an opponent. Unfortunately, there was a whole list of local candidates who had no Democratic opponents and will win regardless. This time the Democratic candidate for governor, Beto O’Rourke has a slim chance of beating the incumbent Republican, Greg Abbott.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Bob,
      The pins just came out easily. I was surprised. I thought they’d hurt.

      There is a horrible commercial on TV now about new Medicare plans. The spokesperson is an irritating 75 year old with a loud, shrieking voice. I hate that she is 75.

      I wore dresses to work staring in Ghana. Women wore dresses there all the time, but when I went back, that had all changed. I had checked ahead of time and brought pants with me and one dress just on case. Here, I wore dresses all the time and men wore jackets and ties. Over time that all changed too. The ties and jackets went away as did the dresses except when I became an administrator as I wore dresses again and the male administrators wore ties. My father wore shirts and ties and suits and a fedora. After he retired he wore comfy clothes and even wore shorts. That surprised us.

      I was patient about becoming an adult. I figured it would come soon enough.

      It stayed chilly all day. Right now it is 45°. Tomorrow it will get back to the 60’s again.

      I voted by mail and sent it last week.

    • Bob Says:

      Oops! Correction! I voted against everyone who is a Republican incumbent.

      • katry Says:

        I knew you wrote it wrong. I knew you would never vote for a republican, incumbent or not!!

      • Bob Says:

        I figured you would know I made a mistake. However, your blog may be read by people all over the world and I didn’t want anyone to think I would vote for a right wing nut job like our governor. I have my reputation to uphold. 🙂

      • katry Says:

        I get it!!

  2. Birgit Says:

    I’m glad to hear that your finger is better now. Did you tell your ukulele?
    School was too often just a waste of time. I’ve spent a lot of time in the library but would have loved to have internet back then to learn by myself. Science, history, politics, everything… Let’s praise the internet which turned 53 today! Apart from learning without internet I wouldn’t know about this great woman from Massachusetts who loves Ghana, travelling and more 🙂
    It still feels like summer here, today we went by train and bike: canal, river, 2 castles, an old mill and more, it was fun. We’ll turn our clocks back in about 30 minutes, as every year I will complain tomorrow that it’s too dark too early.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Birgit,
      Not better yet but less painful. It is still swollen and misshapen. I was thinking I might tune my uke and give it a try but use my thumb for strumming instead of my finger. I figure the finger won’t hurt so much now with the pins gone.

      Wow, thank you!!

      I love the internet and searching for whatever I need or might just learn about. I did like school all the way through because I enjoy learning. I went to a great high school which demanded independent thought.

      Our clocks go back next week, on November 6th. I agree. It will be too early for darkness.

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