“Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far.”

I heard the rain hitting the windows when I woke up. It was raining heavily, but I rolled up my pant legs to keep them dry and braved the rain to get the paper. Sunday needs to start with coffee and the paper.

The rain has just stopped, but I can hear the drops falling from the trees as if it were still raining. The day is ugly, dark, almost foreboding. I can imagine Renfield in Dracula’s carriage on his way to the Count’s castle. The only things missing are the sound effects of the howling wolves.

Today will be in the high 50’s but it will get cold tonight, in the high 30’s. I will probably go to the dump then get home and stay warm and cozy.

When I was a kid, I gave no thought to the future, the big future. I didn’t know what I wanted to be when I grew up. I made up answers when my aunt the nun, on one of our annual visits to her in Connecticut, always asked me. That was about the only communication she and I had. I think I mostly told her a teacher or maybe a nurse though I never wanted to be a nurse.

I have started my Christmas shopping, quite late for me. A few of the gifts came from one of my favorite local shops. They were the first. The other day I ordered all the Christmas books for my grands. They get a new one every year. That tradition started with their parents getting books. Also, in keeping with a long time tradition, I ordered new ornaments for everyone. I still need to order the toothbrushes, stocking standards. They are expected.

Nala has stopped taking things out. Now she brings them in. Yesterday she brought in pine branches, needles and chewed pine cones. I keep picking up pieces of sticks in the hall and on the rugs. The worst was last night. A sharp pain in my leg woke me up. I reached down to rub it when the other leg got a sharp pain. I reached down under the covers and under the pant leg to rub the painful spots. I got another pain. That’s when I found a small pine branch and a larger pine branch sticking me (pun there!). Nala had brought them to my bed where she chewed them and then left them. She isn’t big on clean up.

The rain has started again.

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2 Comments on ““Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far.””

  1. Bob Says:

    Hi Kat,

    Well, you are now getting the rain and thunderstorms that we had on Thursday and Friday. Today, the sky is clear but The morning temperature went below freezing for the first time this fall. Our average first freeze date is November 22nd,

    I always knew what I wanted to do when I grew up since I was seven years old. I didn’t know how to accomplish that goal but I never gave up trying. Being a baby boomer didn’t help, because most of the military pilots from the Vietnam War took all the airline pilot jobs when the airline industry expanded after the deregulation act in 1979. Regardless, I got into corporate flying via flight instruction and discovered that I enjoyed teaching flying more than flying trips. After awhile, one airport looks just like another and one hotel room looks the same as any other. 🙂

    Sadly, yesterday we had a midair collision of two vintage warbirds during an air show. A WWII fighter airplane collided with a B17 Flying Fortress bomber, during a routine flyby at the Dallas Executive Airport. Seven lives were lost.

    Who says you can’t teach an old dog new tricks? Nala is now bringing you presents. Has she started bringing back inside some of the stuff that she has made disappear into your backyard? When I was a teenager in New York my aunt and uncle owned a Heinz 57 breed of dog named Sandy. One spring day, my cousin made the mistake of accidentally digging up one of the dog’s bones and throwing it away while cleaning out the shrubbery beds. The following fall, the dog was out in the yard digging a hole to China looking for that bone. :-).dogs have good memories when it comes to things that are important to them.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Bob,
      Tonight we may have our first freeze. Today was warm but damp. It stayed in the high 50’s. Tonight will drop to the 30’s. I figure it is time to put the blanket on my bed.

      I didn’t know what I wanted to be, but I knew what I would do. I would travel the world. I would go to all those countries I had read about in my geography book. I wanted to visit the off the beaten path places. I thought of South American and the mountains and coffee growing. I didn’t know anyone who traveled just for the joy it. I would be that person.

      I saw the collision on the news. It is so sad.

      Gracie used to bring in the filthiest, covered in dirt bones she had buried in the yard. My two dogs don’t bury bones. They eat them down to nothing worth burying. Nala doesn’t bring any trash back into the house, but she’ll drop whatever she has if I shame her.


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