“If you’re not in the parade, you watch the parade. That’s life.”

Right now it is 42° and partly cloudy though I do prefer to call it partly sunny. It will be in the mid 40’s today, a gift I suspect as tomorrow will be either rainy or snowy. Tomorrow is the St. Patrick’s Day parade, rainy or sunny but the rain will keep us away. If that happens, I’ll go watch the parade from my car.

My house is crowded. Yesterday I bought more Mrs.Meyer’s dish detergent in lavender. She joined my Dr. Bonner toothpaste, anise flavored. Under the sink is Mr. Clean. I don’t like Dr. Pepper though I haven’t met him personally. When I was a kid, I ate Chef Boyardee spaghetti. I wouldn’t touch it now. I’ve been on a first name basis with Ben and Jerry for a while. Orville Redenbacher and his popcorn are a movie night staple. I am not a fan of Bush’s baked beans. I did like his dog.

When I was a kid, we always had St. Patrick’s Day off from school because I went to St. Patrick’s School. It was a perk. March 17th is also Evacuation Day, a bit of a holiday in parts of the state. It celebrates the day in 1776 when the British forces left the city of Boston. We take our history seriously around here.

My mother sent Tropical Life Savers when I was in Ghana. They became a game we called Guess the Flavor. We were good at that though the cantaloupe was iffy and was more of a stab based on color. My favorite was coconut.

At the dentist yesterday, an x-ray was taken of one tooth. It had a shadow. The dentist looked and said it was tooth resorption which he explained. It sounded like the plot of a Stephen King novel.

Today is my only free day, an empty day on my dance card. When I was a kid, I bemoaned days like today. I could curl up with a book or work on going blind in front of the TV, but I preferred busy. My definition of busy was simple, out of the house.

Last night I got off the couch and noticed something on the cushion beside me. I checked it out. It was a dead mouse worse for the wear. Once upon a time I would have gagged. Last night I just grabbed a paper towel, scooped the deceased and threw it ignominiously over the back fence. I suspect it was a gift from Nala.

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4 Comments on ““If you’re not in the parade, you watch the parade. That’s life.””

  1. Birgit Says:

    Good luck tomorrow! I hope you can play and your fingers don’t freeze. Enjoy the parade!

    Rain all day through here, I’m glad I could stay at home. Today I saw that our blackbirds started looking for a place to build a nest, a hopeful sign of spring though we’ll get another frosty day tomorrow. With a little bit of luck they’ll choose our sheltered ivy again.

    • katry Says:

      Thanks! So far the weather report is still saying rain starting in the morning. If it doesn’t rain, it will be cold. I think too many layers will probably interfere with playing, but I’ll be sitting in the cold playing for two hours after having been at the start site for 3 hours. Reporting time is 8 while start time is 11. Yikes!!

  2. Bob Says:

    Hi Kat,

    Today the sun was out and the high temperature was a chilly 66°. All of our cars have moon roofs which can only be enjoyed between now and Memorial Day. That’s when the gates of hell usually open up and the temperature is even too warm in the morning for open windows. 🙂

    Tomorrow is also the Dallas St. Patrick day parade. It has become a day of drunkenness and a gay community show off event, not that it matters. We had a pub which used to serve Guinness Stout on tap. I enjoy dark beers because they have flavor. I’m a cheap drunk. Give me a couple of Guinness and I will pass out. 🙂 Many folks drink green colored beer of St. Patrick day but it still is just watered down cheap beer regardless of the color.

    I can never go to the dentist without it costing me money. I brush twice daily and floss every night but I always have a cavity or two. My ancestors bequeathed me weak teeth. Over the years I have put several dentist’s kids through college or I paid for a couple of sailboats. 🙂 A friend of my wife had all of his teeth removed and had implants inserted for permanent dentures. It cost him about $50,000 and he passed away within six months. 🙁

    • katry Says:

      Hi Bob,
      Chilly 66°? That is a heat wave in this part of the country. My car has a heater for this time of year! I guess we get the best of it in July and August though we do have a few days in the 90’s in August.

      Boston has the best St. Patrick’s parade. When I was in college we used to ride into Boston to see the parade. It was a day of drunkenness. I, however, am not a beer drinker, green or otherwise.

      I haven’t had a cavity in a long time. The dentist did remove old fillings from when I was young and replaced them with modern fillings, but my dental insurance paid for it. It also pays for the cleanings. I checked out getting an implant years back when I had a tooth removed, but it waster too expensive. I figured I could live with the hole.

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