“Wherever you go becomes a part of you somehow.” 

The rain started around 2:30 this morning. I had just turned out my light then I thought I heard drops at the window. For a strange reason I’ve never understood, I need to turn on the light again to listen to make sure it is raining. It was. It still is. It will get as high as 72° today. I have a couple of errands. It is time for the dump, and I need bread and peanut butter, two of life’s essentials.

I like naps, especially on rainy days and cold winter days. The dogs and I get cozy in bed and sleep for a couple of hours. When I lived in Ghana, afternoon siestas were traditional. Most shops and the post office closed from noon to 2 because of the heat. I sometime took naps during that time. It was hot, but I still fell asleep.

The first time I went to Europe I was excited. I couldn’t believe my geography book was coming to life. This was after Peace Corps. I went to England, Scotland and Ireland. I was a backpacker. I stayed in B&B’s and traveled by bus, boat and train. My favorite times were always the mornings when everything was coming to life. People were walking to work and trucks were parked in the road while delivering goods. Little corner coffee spots offered not just hot coffee but also pasties. I’d walk and eat. The mornings had a different feel than the rest of the day. I always felt I was seeing well beyond what tourists saw. I was seeing a bit of the soul of each country.

My sister Moe turned 69 today. I am taken aback. How in the heck can my baby sister be 69? Moe is amazing. She is the best mother and grandmother. She is loving, kind and generous. She also has a neat sense of humor and laughs a lot. Moe is short and the grayest of us all. She was a preschool teacher her whole career. She was Miss Moe. She has rheumatoid arthritis and has had it since her 20’s. It is debilitating at times, but she never lets it stop her. I admire my sister Moe.

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4 Comments on ““Wherever you go becomes a part of you somehow.” ”

  1. Birgit Says:

    The golden times of train traveling in Europe…
    Keep your memories and never try again, it’s an annoying mess by now, especially cross border trips.
    Luckily it’s rainy and cooler now here.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Birgit,
      I took trains everywhere I could. I rode from Helsinki to Rovaniemi on a sleeper train and loved it. I also rode from Copenhagen to Hook of Holland. There were plenty other train rides, but those two were favorites.

      I used to travel in Ghana by train: from Accra to Kumasi and from Accra down coast. I want first class which was sort of cheap. I always felt like Miss Marple in my compartment. Sadly, the trains stopped running, but Ghana is trying to bring them back with some sort runs. They are quite popular.

      It’s rainy here still.

  2. Bob Says:

    Hi Kat,

    Today we set a temperature record for the day of 110°. This heat and the lack of rain is getting very monotonous.

    Unfortunately, the only way to not get older is death. My sister turned 73 this year and I hope that both of us continue piling up birthdays. She and I have little in common. She turned into a Trump supporter. 🙁

    My repair guy came out today and fixed my sprinkler system and my ice maker for a very reasonable fee. When we bought this house there was an older fridge in my garage. He swapped out the ice makers and the one in the older fridge is now making ice in the newer fridge in my kitchen. My better half was amazed that I hadn’t noticed that the fridge in the garage had both a water and an ice dispenser installed in the freezer door. 🙂 Both were made by Whirlpool and are similar models.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Bob,
      I would never leave my house if it was this hot.

      We had rain just about all day. It will be rainy tomorrow but it will get hotter, to 75°. Today got chilly with the dampness. I wonder where August weather went as this is usually our hottest month.

      My sisters would never vote for Trump. They are liberals. It runs in my family, at least with my siblings but not my father though I’d like to think he would have recognized Trump for what he is.

      I have an ice maker in the freezer. I couldn’t have it on the front door but I forget why. I do have the water dispenser on the front.

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